ECHO Autism

The Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO®) is an “all teach, all learn” framework that crosses disciplines aimed to create communities of practice for change. The mission of ECHO is to make knowledge accessible at the right time. Following the groundbreaking model developed by Dr. Sanjeev Arora at the University of New Mexico, every ECHO program is inclusive and nonhierarchical. Contribution of a single ECHO specialist contributes to the development of 20 or more local experts, who use their knowledge to positively impact the lives of people in their communities. ECHO breaks down geographic and cost barriers providing knowledge increase capacity of community experts.

Please join us for the next ECHO Autism Best Practices Virtual Session titled “Helping Students with ASD use Cold Weather Clothing” on Thursday, December 14, 2023 from 12:00PM to 1:30PM.

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ECHO series sessions

 Presentation Date Curriculum Topic
 September 15, 2022What is Autism? 
 October 20, 2022Neurodiversity and Universal Supports 
 November 17, 2022What is ABA?/Common Behavioral Supports 
 December 15, 2022Practical Functional Assessment & Skill Based Treatment
 January 19, 2023Functional Communication Strategies
 February 16, 2023Introduction to NYSED Compliant Behavior Support Plans
 March 16, 2023Practical Considerations for the IEP Process
 April 20, 2023Intro to Transition & Advancing Individual Skills
 May 18, 2023Pediatric Feeding Disorder in ASD
 June 15, 2023Teaching Toileting Skills for Autistic and Neurodivergent Individuals
 July 20, 2023Sensory Integration and Processing
August 17, 2023The Long Road Back to School
September 21, 2023The Pediatrician’s Role in the Care of the Autistic Child
October 19, 2023Medication Use in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
November 16, 2023Reducing Holiday Anxiety in an Education Setting
December 14, 2023Helping Students with ASD use Cold Weather Clothing

Anderson Center for Autism Project ECHO

Anderson Center for Autism ECHO Autism Best Practices
ECHO Autism Best Practices is a virtual learning network of autism specialists that allows for real-time access to experts in autism and other developmental disorders. This ECHO aims to support school personnel in New York State, and beyond, in the education and support of school-age children with autism through case-based learning. The ECHO provides ongoing support for educators and other professionals working with autistic students by providing professional development and program suggestions.

How does ECHO work?
Each ECHO Program session consists of a case presentation by a community-based educational provider and a didactic presentation by the HUB team. Time is allowed for questions and answers. 

Our HUB Team 

  • Tracy Schober, MPA, Advanced Doctoral Student, Director of New Program Development, Anderson Center for Autism, ECHO Lead Facilitator/HUB Team Parent Advocate
  • Deirdre Muldoon, Ph.D, CCC-SLP, BCBA-D, Assistant Professor Communication Sciences and Disorders, The College of Saint Rose 
  • Melissa Doyle, Ph.D, LCMS-R, Chief, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, The Bernard & Millie Duker Children’s Hospital, Albany Medical Center
  • Lauren Lestremau Allen, Ph.D, BCBA-D, NCSP, Licensed Psychologist (NY, MD), Assistant Professor – Applied Behavior Analysis Program, Assistant Director – Center for Autism Advocacy (Research, Education, Services) SUNY Empire State College
  • Kathleen Marshall, MEd, SAS, Director of Program Services, Anderson Center for Autism
  • Andrew Arboe, Teacher Assistant, FOCUS Center for Autism, HUB Team Autistic Individual
  • Gloria Jean, MHC, Mental Health Counselor, Educational Consultant, Albany Medical Center
  • Dr. Bonnie Fischer-Camara, OTD, OTR/L, Assistant Professor, Russell Sage College
  • Pierce Langlois, ECHO Clinic Coordinator, Anderson Center for Autism

Contact Us
Program Lead: Tracy Schober, MPA,
General Questions/ECHO Coordinator: Pierce Langlois,

Additional Information and Links
Project ECHO 
ECHO Autism Communities
ECHO Partner Portal
ECHO Autism Participant Guide

The Project ECHO model utilizes Zoom video-conferencing technology

Minimum Technical Requirements

  • Voice-Only Connection: A telephone or speakerphone is required for voice connection
  • Full Video Participation: Internet access is required for video participation
  • Individual Viewing: A computer with a webcam, microphone*, and speakers* or a tablet or cellular device are required 
  • Group Viewing: A computer, PTZ camera, microphone array*, and speakers* are required 

*A speakerphone can be used in place of a microphone and speakers