Autism Spectrum Center | For Clinicians

How to refer to the Autism Spectrum Center (ASC)

Referring patients to the Autism Spectrum Center is convenient and streamlined: you or your patient can simply call our dedicated line, 617-355-7493, to begin the intake process.    

Our intake team will provide an overview of the intake process and collect general patient information. Before scheduling an appointment, the patient’s caregiver will receive an intake packet to complete and will be asked to provide specific documentation, including:

  • copies of any recent testing (e.g., cognitive/psychological testing; speech, occupational or physical therapy evaluations)
  • records of any early intervention services or IEP/504 plans
  • past medical and diagnostic assessments

This information will assist our team in scheduling the most appropriate and first available appointment in our center. This could be with a single physician, nurse practitioner or a team of providers, depending on the child’s needs and insurance issues.  Please note that this information needs to be returned to us before we can schedule the appointment.

Our specialty providers see patients in Boston and at our satellite locations in Waltham, Weymouth, Lexington and Peabody.  Parent/caregiver preference will be taken into account. We are committed to providing the first available appointment, so while we honor long-standing referral relationships, we will let families know when there is an earlier appointment available. 

How to enroll your patient in an autism research study

Visit our Clinical Studies Currently Enrolling page to view studies actively recruiting. Families can sign up to be notified of enrolling studies on an ongoing basis by visiting our Research Participant Registry. (Note: Families should specify “autism” or “ASD” in the field asking for “any other information we might need to know.”) You or your patients can also contact our Recruitment Associate at 857-218-3011, or email

Clinician resources

Online toolkit for primary care providers 

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies and toddlers be screened for autism at their regular checkups, since early detection and treatment lead to better outcomes. Alison Schonwald MD, FAAP, of the Autism Spectrum Center has created an online tool kit to assist primary care providers in screening children for developmental disorders, including ASD. It does not promote a specific tool, but rather compares them and provides links and guidance on how to implement screening in clinical practice. Read more.

Caring for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Resource Toolkit for Clinicians (American Academy of Pediatrics)

Training opportunities in autism

Multiple departments at Boston Children’s Hospital offer training opportunities for clinicians interested in autism spectrum disorder. Contact them individually:

For Boston Children’s Hospital staff

The Autism Spectrum Center offers ongoing training in autism spectrum disorder for physicians, psychologists, nurses, genetic counselors, medical students and other clinicians and staff across the hospital. Courses are offered via NetLearning (employee login required; type “autism” into the “Enroll in CBL” section to search offerings).

Autism Training courses have included:

  • Autism Spectrum Center Assessment Guidelines
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders and Coping Strategies