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.

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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. 

The 2022 ECHO series sessions will begin this fall.

Please check back for new session information or email ECHOAutism@AndersonCares.org to receive updates.

To find out when sessions are scheduled to occur and to register, or to learn more, please contact Ashley Velez, Clinic Coordinator:
Email:  ECHOAutism@AndersonCares.org

Our HUB Team 

  • Tracy Schober, MPA, Advanced Doctoral Student, Senior Admissions Administrator, 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
  • Kaela Banashefski, MS, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist, Anderson Center for Autism
  • Andrew Arboe, Director of Community Outreach, Planning Across the Spectrum, HUB Team Autistic Individual
  • Gloria Jean, MHC, Mental Health Counselor, Educational Consultant, Albany Medical Center

Contact Us
Program Lead: Tracy Schober, MPA, ECHOAutism@AndersonCares.org
General Questions/Clinic Coordinator: Ashley Velez, ECHOAutism@AndersonCares.org

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

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