Increasing Behavioral Knowledge and Practice For Working With Children With Autism

child with autism

ECHO Autism: Behavior Solutions sessions will be held from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of the month. Click below to register. Click here to download the ECHO flyer.


How Does It Work?

Participants will join an interdisciplinary team of experts in cased-based learning via interactive online video conferences. Together, they will collaborate in increasing behavioral knowledge and practice when working with children with autism in medical, education and community settings. Participants will include such community professionals as teachers, primary care providers, counselors, dentists and hygienists.

What Does This ECHO Offer?

  • No cost continuing education for professionals
  • Collaboration, support and ongoing learning with specialty providers
  • Patients get better care in their community
  • No cost to participating sites or individuals

Goals and Objectives

This ECHO will improve care for children with autism by helping participants:

  • Understand the principles of behavior.
  • Learn and use behavior management strategies across settings.
  • Know when and how to refer patients to behavior specialists.
  • Understand roles for medical evaluation and medication treatment.

Topics for Case-Based Learning and Discussion Include:

  • Defining Behavior in Clear Terms
  • What’s the Function? Understanding Behavior as Purposeful
  • Antecedent Strategies I: Effective Use of Visual Cues, Schedules and Choice
  • Antecedent Strategies II: Effective Use of Distracting Stimuli
  • Teaching Strategies I: Understanding and Teaching Using Reinforcement
  • Teaching Strategies II: Functional Communication Training
  • Caregiver Involvement: Empowering Caregivers in Appointments
  • Identifying and Making an Appropriate Referral to a Behavior Specialist
  • Medical Evaluation for Behavior Challenges
  • Role of Medication in Behavior Management
  • Using Appropriate and Effective Communication
  • Behavior Strategies for Basic Issues at Home: An Intro to Sleeping, Eating, Toilet Training

Meet the Expert Team

Brandon May, MSW, BCBA, LBA, Behavior Analyst, Great Circle

Kelly Schieltz, PhD, BCBA-D, Pediatric Psychologist, University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital

John Mantovani, MD, Child Neurologist, Mercy Kids, Autism Center

Cy Nadler, PhD, Pediatric Psychologist, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City

Amber Lashley, CCLS, Child Life Specialist, University of Missouri

Amy Longenecker, Parent Advocate

CME Information

The Office of Continuing Education, School of Medicine, University of Missouri is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Office of Continuing Education, School of Medicine, University of Missouri designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.