Autism Specialist Support for Primary Care

child with autism holding hands with adult

Many communities in Missouri have no meaningful access to expert autism care, and families touched by autism need medical support in their home communities.

Get autism specialist knowledge in a virtual learning network with University of Missouri providers. With ECHO Autism, you’ll learn about best practices and evidence-based care for children with autism and developmental behavioral concerns. ECHO Autism takes place year round from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of the month.


Topics for Case-Based Learning and Discussion Include:

  • Common medical conditions in children with autism
  • Common co-occurring psychiatric concerns
  • Identifying underlying medical concerns in children with limited communication
  • Screening and referral best practices
  • Supporting feeding, sensory and behavioral concerns
  • Successful office visits and lab tests as well as expedited referrals

Meet the Expert Team

The interdisciplinary panel includes a developmental pediatrician, a child psychologist, a child/adolescent psychiatrist, a dietician, a resource coordinator and a parent advocate/educator.

Kristin Sohl, MD, FAAP, Associate Professor, Clinical Child Health, University of Missouri Health Care

Valeria Nanclares, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist, Pediatric Developmental Center

Rachel Brown, MBBS, Professor and Chair, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, The University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita

Sheila Chapman, MS, RD, CSP, LD, Pediatric Dietitian, University of Missouri

Melinda Odum, MSW, LCSW, Community Resource Specialist, University of Missouri

Alicia Brewer Curran, BS, Grad. Cert., Director of Operations, ECHO Autism, University of Missouri Health Care

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 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.