About This Program

The goal of this program is to increase knowledge of best practices and evidence-based care for children ages birth to 8 with developmental, behavioral, and mental health concerns.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • Developmental delay
  • Disruptive behavior
  • Dysregulation
  • Intellectual disability
  • Special education
  • Trauma/adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)

Participants are expected to submit de-identified patient cases for group discussion and expert consultation.

Hub Team

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Amie Bettencourt, PhD, MS

Clinical Child Psychologist
Joyce Nolan Harrison, MD

Nolan Harrison

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Psychiatric Mental Health Program
Mallory Finn Legg, Esq. headshot

Mallory Finn Legg, Esq.

Special Education Law Attorney
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Mary L.
O'Connor Leppert

Physician, Division of Neurology and Developmental Medicine

Who Should Participate?

Medical providers (MD, DO, NP, PA), psychologists, social workers, early childhood mental health consultants and early childhood professionals.


Professionals who work in Southern Maryland (Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties).


18 ECHO Sessions held virtually
First and third Tuesdays of each month, beginning September 20, 2022
12:00 – 1:00 P.M.


Pre- and Post-Test

This series will include a pre- and post-test that will be used to understand its effectiveness and for program evaluation.

Those interested in earning ABP MOC Part 2 credits through their participation must complete the post-test questions with a passing score of 75% within 3 attempts.

Continuing Education Credit Information


This activity is designed to create a learning community for pediatric primary care providers and allied health professionals. It will address the diagnosis, management, and treatment of developmental, emotional, and behavioral health conditions in children ages 0-8. The program’s infrastructure is built on the “hub and spokes” design known as the Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) model. Each ECHO session includes case-based learning and didactic instruction in an “all teach, all learn” environment.

Target Audience

This activity is intended for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, psychologists, social workers, early childhood mental health consultants, early intervention specialists, and early childhood professionals.


After attending this activity, the participant will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Recognize the prevalence and comorbidity of developmental, behavioral, and emotional disorders in children ages 0-8.
  2. Identify children at risk for developmental, behavioral, and emotional disorders.
  3. Utilize evidence-based practices in the management of developmental, behavioral, and mental health disorders.
  4. Identify resources to address developmental, behavioral, or mental health concerns in young children.

Accreditation Statement

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This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Kennedy Krieger Institute. The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement 

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 156 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.   

ABP MOC Statement 

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American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the activity and individual assessment of and feedback to the learner, enables the learner to earn up to 156 MOC points in the American Board of Pediatrics’ (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit learner completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABP MOC credit.

Policy on Speaker and Provider Discourse

It is the policy of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine that the presenter and provider globally disclose conflicts of interest. The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine OCME has established policies in place that will identify and resolve conflicts of interest prior to this educational activity. Detailed disclosure will be made prior to presentation of the education.


  • September 20, 2022     Overview and Etiology of Developmental, Behavioral and Emotional Comorbidities
  • October 4, 2022            Social-Emotional and Behavioral Health Crisis and the COVID Pandemic 
  • October 18, 2022          Mental Health and Disruptive Behavior: Anxiety
  • November 1, 2022        Developmental Causes: Developmental Delay
  • November 15, 2022      ACEs and Trauma in Early Childhood 
  • December 6, 2022        Communication Disorders
  • December 20, 2022      Audience Choice – Topic TBD 
  • January 3, 2023            Is it Autism?  
  • January 17, 2023          ADHD in Preschool Children
  • February 7, 2023           Dysregulation 
  • February 21, 2023         Parent Behavioral Strategies of ADHD 
  • March 7, 2023               Medication Management of ADHD 
  • March 21, 2023             Behavioral Strategies in the Classroom 
  • April 4, 2023                  IEP considerations for Disruptive Behavior  
  • April 18, 2023                Behavioral and Medical Approaches to Address Sleep Problems in Young Children
  • May 2, 2023                   Management of Anxiety Disorders in Young Children
  • May 16, 2023                 Long-Term Risks Established by Early Language Delay
  • June 6, 2023                  Audience Choice – Topic TBD 
This project is supported by the Maryland Department of Health, Behavioral Health Administration (BHA), Award Number: BH588-TEC-1.