ECHO Autism

ECHO Ontario Autism

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital (Holland Bloorview) is pleased to offer the ECHO Ontario Autism program. Our aim for this program is to build province-wide community capacity and ability to screen, diagnose, and manage children and youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in Ontario. In doing so, we hope to reduce wait times for specialized care by increasing community provider capacity, thereby reserving specialized care for complex cases. This project is fully funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

What is the ECHO model?

The Extension of Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) model™ was developed at the University of New Mexico led by Dr. Sanjeev Arora as a platform for both delivery of services and outcomes research. The ECHO approach aims to erase barriers between specialty and primary care.  More specifically, it aims to bring specialty care to rural and underserved communities by using relatively simple to use and inexpensive video-conferencing technology. It links expert specialist teams at an academic ‘hub’ with primary care clinicians in local communities – the ‘spokes’ of the model. Together, they participate in bi-weekly teleECHO™ clinics, which combine didactics containing information on relevant topics with mentoring and de-identified patient case discussions.

The clinics are supported by basic user-friendly videoconferencing technology. This allows community clinicians to join from virtually anywhere providing they have internet and a phone/tablet/laptop or desktop computer. During teleECHO clinics, primary care clinicians from multiple sites or "spokes", present patient cases to the specialist teams and to each other, discuss presenting issues relating to their patients, and determine treatment. Specialists serve as mentors and colleagues, sharing their medical knowledge and expertise with primary care clinicians.

Essentially, ECHO® creates ongoing learning communities where community-based clinicians receive support and develop the skills they need to diagnose and treat a condition such as ASD. As a result, they can provide comprehensive, best-practice care to patients with complex health conditions, in their own communities.

Ongoing ECHO Clinics

Why join?

Schedule (16 sessions)

Structure of the sessions

What equipment is needed?

Who can attend?

Case presentations


ECHO Ontario Autism Diagnostic Boot Camp

About the Bootcamp

Event Details & Attendance

Reimbursement Guidelines


ECHO Autism leads

Expert hub team

Operations team

Learn more

Location: Videoconference
When: Every second Tuesday
Start date: October 16th, 2018 
End date: May 28th, 2019 
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Download schedule (PDF)

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