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Haley Moss Stops By to Chat with ECHO Autism
Haley Moss Stops By to Chat with ECHO Autism

If you’re tuned in with the autism community, you’ve been excited to read headlines featuring anything about Haley Moss over the past few years. This inspiring woman made news when she became the first openly autistic lawyer to practice in Florida in 2019. Since then, she has used her platform to advocate for others on…

Momversations: Raising Children Across the Autism Spectrum
Momversations: Raising Children Across the Autism Spectrum

At ECHO Autism, we believe in providing clinicians and families with resources that empower, educate, and support individuals diagnosed with autism and their advocates, because autism is a family affair. Did you know autism moms experience stress levels similar to combat soldiers? Seriously.  A study published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders found…

Ending the Gender Bias in Autism
Ending the Gender Bias in Autism

In a video appearance for the United Nations Autism Awareness Event, 18-year-old autism advocate Siena Castellon brought to light the stunning gender gap affecting the pediatric autism diagnosis process. Experts acknowledge four boys to every one girl are being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.  The statistics have prompted health care professionals and families alike to…

Finding His Voice Through Art
Finding His Voice Through Art

“When I was very young, most of my childhood heroes wore capes, flew through the air, or picked up buildings with one arm. They were spectacular and got a lot of attention. But as I grew, my heroes changed, so that now I can honestly say that anyone who does anything to help a child…

Her Son Was Diagnosed with Autism at 14 Years Old. Six Months Later, She Was Too.
Her Son Was Diagnosed with Autism at 14 Years Old. Six Months Later, She Was Too.

When Patrina Dixon was growing up, it wasn’t unusual for people to call her “weird”. Her family made jokes that she was “kind of slow” or would yell “take your time, Trina!” But coming up in a Black community almost 40 years ago, no one questioned if her quirks were related to something else; autism…

ECHO Autism’s Take Action Behavioral Solutions Webinar
ECHO Autism’s Take Action Behavioral Solutions Webinar

Many families and health professionals know that when it comes to autism spectrum disorder, behavior is such an important topic to understand. That’s why ECHO Autism got together in this February’s webinar to discuss Behavioral Solutions. Joining Dr. Kristin Sohl this month are Amber Lashley, certified child life specialist, Kelly Schieltz, assistant professor at the…

Sleep and Autism at the 2021 Imagine Conference
Sleep and Autism at the 2021 Imagine Conference

This past January, the University of New Mexico Center for Development and Disabilities hosted an “Autism Imagine Training Series,” a statewide conference featuring keynote speakers who discuss anything and everything related to autism. Joining the panel was ECHO Autism’s Executive Director, Dr. Kristin Sohl, MD, ready to discuss sleep disorders commonly associated with autistic patients.…

The Power of Listening to Patients: Living With Undiagnosed Autism
The Power of Listening to Patients: Living With Undiagnosed Autism

In December of 2019, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated their guidelines for the diagnosis of autism for the first time in over a decade. Less than thirty years ago, research showed the prevalence of autism could be as little as 1 in 2,500. Now, experts rate it closer to 1 in 54. The question is,…

Common Medical Conditions in Autism: Webinar Review
Common Medical Conditions in Autism: Webinar Review

Many individuals with autism have common co-occurring conditions such as gastrointestinal (tummy) trouble, sleep problems, seizures, dental issues and more. That’s why the ECHO Autism: Primary Care Hub Team got together to discuss conditions as they relate to autism spectrum disorder, and provide insights as to how families, providers, and people with autism can recognize…

Building Equity and Supporting BIPOC Families of Individuals with Autism
Building Equity and Supporting BIPOC Families of Individuals with Autism

Families often face long wait times and challenges to get their children not only an autism diagnosis, but services and care throughout an individual’s whole life. But what about when race is involved? Research has shown us that Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) often have implicit biases, lack of understanding, and even systemic…

Our Story
Our Story

The number of parents concerned their child has autism continues to grow. This increase is causing long waitlists for autism evaluations, leaving families hanging in the balance wondering “is it autism?” Accessing autism-specific expertise can pose a great challenge at answering this question. That’s where ECHO Autism comes in.  ECHO Autism aims to empower autism professionals…

Project ECHO Documentary: PBS
Project ECHO Documentary: PBS

This special documentary features Project ECHO, one of the most innovative and far-reaching health initiatives on our planet. Project ECHO began In 2003 at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, developed to meet the challenge of an epidemic of hepatitis C. The model has now been used successfully around the world to treat…

Online Training Program for Physicians
Online Training Program for Physicians

The ECHO Autism program is expanding!  Ummeed Child Development Center is now offering ECHO Autism online training for physicians who want to improve their understanding of autism.  The focus of these sessions will include early identification, treatment decisions, and dealing with co-morbid conditions.  Led by developmental pediatricians, a child psychiatrist, an autism therapist and a…

Improving Autism Diagnosis & Resources in Rural Missouri
Improving Autism Diagnosis & Resources in Rural Missouri

ECHO Autism is pushing for more resources to be available for people with autism in rural Missouri. Many experts came together for the ECHO Autism Thought Leader Summit on Mental Health & Autism to discuss how communities, including those in rural Missouri, can better provide for those with autism and affected families. ECHO Autism’s executive…

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