Act Early ECHO


Act Early ECHO provides information and resources about current and emerging knowledge and evidence-based promising practices about the four phases of early identification: family-engaged developmental monitoring, developmental screening, referrals for needed supports and services, and receipt of needed services.

The Act Early ECHO is targeted to reach early childhood professionals in Ohio and Wyoming to encourage cross-state collaborations and resource sharing.

This network is a collaboration between University of Wyoming Project ECHO, Wyoming Act Early, Cincinnati Children's Hospital at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio Act Early, and The MetroHealth System.

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Fall 2023 - Spring 2024 Series

Sessions are held on Mondays (bi-weekly) at 1:00-2:30pm MT / 2:00-3:30pm CT / 3:00 - 4:30pm ET

This series is intended for health care providers, early childhood educators, community-based professionals, and administrators who work with and care for young children. Attendance at all sessions is encouraged, but not required.

Focused on using the Learn the Signs. Act Early. materials and education around health disparities, social emotional development, resources, autism spectrum disorder, and more. This series provides information and resources about current and emerging knowledge and evidence based promising practices about the five components of early identification.

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October 2: Acting Early to Promote Child Development: The Five Components of Early Identification

Learning Objectives: List and describe the 5 steps for early identification of developmental concerns; Discuss the "Learn the Signs. Act Early." model and its benefit; Apply concepts to a case and identify recommendations and next steps.

Presenter: Stephanie Weber, PsyD, MPH, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center


October 16: Health Disparities in Early Identification of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Learning Objectives: Describe racial/ethnic disparities in developmental screening, autism identification, assessment, and treatment.

Presenter:Sharnita Harris, PhD, Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Nationwide Children's Hospital


November 13: Social-Emotional Development in African-American Children

Learning Objectives: Describe responsive practices related to supporting healthy social emotional development and behavioral interventions for young children.

Presenter: Meagan Scott, PhD, BCBA, Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky


November 27: Caregiver Resilience Related to COVID-19 and Beyond

Learning Objectives: Discuss the impact of COVID-19 on systems-level barriers to early identification for families.

Presenter: Lauren Jones, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center


January 8: Diagnosis in Latinx Populations

Learning Objectives: Understand cultural factors that commonly impact autism spectrum (ASD) diagnosis in the Latinx population; Identify strategies to effectively integrate cultural factors into care for autistic individuals from Latinx population.

Presenters: Rosanna Rivero, PsyD, and Jennifer Runner, LISW-S; MetroHealth


January 22: Resources and How to Access Them

Learning Objectives: Identify and describe common resource options for young children with suspected autism spectrum disorder; Understand what families and providers can ask for and expect from different supporting organizations; Discuss common resources that families need following an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis.

Presenters: Beth Bacon, LISW-S and Jennifer Runner, LISW-S; MetroHealth


February 5: Behaviors and ABA

Learning Objectives: Identify basic behavioral strategies that are effective for young children with autism related behavioral difficulties; Discuss the purpose and merits of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA).

Presenter: Morgan McNeel, PhD; Psychology Fellow, Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Nationwide Children's Hospital


February 26: Multidisciplinary Teams

Learning Objectives: Describe the roles of various professionals in the diagnosis autism spectrum disorder; Understand the different types of treatment for ASD provided by professionals from various disciplines.

Presenter: Irene Dietz, MD; MetroHealth



Join the ECHO Community

» ECHO Participant Guide: Are you new to the ECHO community? Review the ECHO Participant guide to learn more about joining and participating in an ECHO session. Learn more about the ECHO model.

» Present a Challenge or Opportunity: Community presentations are a key component in the Project ECHO model and critically important for knowledge building and sharing. Submit your challenge or opportunity and brainstorm evidence-based solutions or share successes with colleagues and other professionals within the network. 

» Credit Information: Visit the Act Early ECHO credit information page to learn about earning: PTSB credit, STARS credit, UW graduate credit (Wyoming participants); Step Up to Quality credit, DODD credits and CEUs (Ohio participants); Certificates of attendance (all participants)

» Past Session Materials: Access past session materials and professional development recordings.

» ECHO Updates: Sign up for University of Wyoming weekly ECHO newsletter to receive upcoming session information and updates.

Learn the Signs. Act Early.

From birth to 5 years, children should reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, act and move. Track a child’s development and act early if you have a concern.

More information and resources related to developmental milestones are available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Thank you to our 2021-2022 Act Early ECHO partners: UW Project ECHO, Act Early Wyoming, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Act Early Ohio, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education, Act Early Virginia, and Act Early Massachusetts.


Contact Us

UW Project ECHO

Wyoming Institute for Disabilities

Dept. 4298; 1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2977

Toll Free: (888) 989-9463

TeleType: (800) 908-7011

Fax: (307) 766-2763