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Family-centered ASD Care

The goal of the Autism Spectrum Center is to make visits to Boston Children’s Hospital as stress-free and valuable to you as possible. Families can get information and access all our ASD services through our one-stop phone line: 617-355-7493. Appointments are available in Boston and several convenient suburban locations.

As our care partners, we invite your observations and ideas about your child’s needs. Our Family Advisory Council, comprised of volunteer parents, meets several times a year to ensure the best experience for children with ASD and their caregivers.

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Innovative Autism Spectrum Disorder Support

We are dedicated to helping children and their families navigate the health care system and access services. Here are just a few of the tools we have developed: 

My Hospital Story is a series of child-friendly guides to help children prepare for doctor visits or medical procedures—part of what makes Boston Children’s an “autism-friendly hospital.” More than a dozen stories, filled with photos, take children through everything from getting blood drawn to staying overnight in the hospital—starting from the moment they walk in the hospital door.

Helping kids express themselves: Our Center for Communication Enhancement has a toolbox of visual supports and technologies to help children with ASD.

Online tracking:

A tool called TriVox Health (formerly known as ICISS Health) lets you, your child’s teachers and others track your child’s progress over time and share the information with our care team—freeing up visit time for concerns and questions. Read more about Trivox Health.

Help when you need it: Child life specialists are here to prepare your child for blood draws and other medical procedures. We also have dedicated resource specialists who work with you to connect with resources in your community. Read more about our supports on the Resources for Families page.

Comprehensive ASD Services

We can help guide you to ASD services that best meet your needs:

  • developmental behavioral pediatrics
  • neurology
  • psychology
  • speech and language therapy, including augmentative communication
  • gastroenterology and nutrition
  • psychiatry and psychopharmacology
  • occupational and physical therapy
  • genetics

Best Practices

  • diagnosis and care that follow evidence-based guidelines
  • an active quality-improvement program
  • ongoing ASD training for staff throughout Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Family Advisory Council guidance, keeping our practices child- and family-centered
  • nationally recognized training programs in developmental behavioral pediatrics, neurodevelopmental disabilities, neurology, genetics, psychiatry, psychology and speech-language

Research to Improve ASD Care

We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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