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Upcoming Autism Healthcare ECHO at Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM)/IU Health (IUH)

The HANDS in Autism® team extends a cordial invitation to all to participate in the upcoming Autism Healthcare ECHO at Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM)/IU Health (IUH).

Whether or not you currently serve patients with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the likelihood of your engagement with such patients is high. With continued increases in the prevalence of ASD (CDC, 2021), as well as the complex physical, behavioral and mental health profiles, such individuals require support from providers across specialties and settings spanning the full lifespan. To equip and support providers serving these patients and those with related disorders with practical information and resources as well as establish an increased, robust expert and support network in meeting the needs of the population, the Autism Healthcare ECHO at IUSM/IUH will be offered and facilitated by the HANDS in Autism® Interdisciplinary Training and Resource Center within the Department of Psychiatry at IUSM in collaboration with a number of subject matter experts.

The primary goal of Autism Healthcare ECHO at IUSM is to improve the accessibility and quality of care for individuals with ASD through the provision of a tele-mentoring program. Participants will also gain resources to have on hand and use among patients and families, become a part of a larger community of practice, and have opportunity to present and learn from tough cases with feedback from specialists and peers,

Topics of greatest interest at this intersection at this time is as follows:

ASD: general characteristics; dual diagnosis; early identification; next steps; inclusion of schools/educational perspectives; girls on the spectrum

Co-occurring Conditions: Caring for medical, mental and behavioral health (Differential Diagnosis- mental health, medical (seizure disorder); co-existing conditions (sleep, feeding/food selectivity)

Evidence-Based Practices: Practical strategies for clinic and community (Evidence-Based Practices- ABA/BCBA, CAS, coordinated care, system-wide efforts; ABA Centers)

The Educational Process: What do I need to know? (The Educational Process- School-wide proactive strategies (e.g., PBIS); Understanding individual learning styles of students; Focusing on social-communication skills training; ABA Centers and overlap with schools, IEPs/BIPs)

Transitioning adolescence to Adulthood: Special considerations (Transition into Adulthood- Resources and information that can assist in where to go or what is appropriate/inappropriate for better transition from early intervention to school and from school to post-secondary/vocation)

Resources for ensuring safe and optimal family functioning:(Behavior and Safety- Crisis Management; Behavioral management techniques, Behavior Intervention and Safety; practical tips for behavioral intervention; Community Engagement and Inclusion- Resources and information on transportation, financial training, support groups; CEU’s, waiver programs, safety; and building successful relationship with providers)

ECHO sessions will occur weekly on Fridays across 6 sessions from 12:00-1:30pm EST on the following dates:

  • April 28th, 2023

  • May 5th, 2023

  • May 12th,2023

  • May 19th, 2023

  • May 26th,2023

  • June 2nd,2023

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