Advocating Success for Kids (ASK) Program
The Advocating Success for Kids Program at Boston Children's Hospital works with children under age 14 who are having learning, developmental, emotional or behavioral problems in school or at home.
Our multidisciplinary team offers evaluation of developmental, learning and/or behavioral difficulties, referral for services and advocacy. We serve the Children's Hospital Primary Care Center, Bowdoin Street Community Health Center, Joseph M. Smith Community Health Center and Martha Eliot Health Center.
Helping hundreds of kids
ASK serves about 250 children in the Boston area each year. Our multidisciplinary team of experts in developmental medicine, social work, education and psychology work together to:
- develop an understanding of your child in his environment and propose interventions that reduce barriers to success at multiple levels
- coordinate plans that involve your child's clinic, school, family and community resources, such as arranging tutoring
- make personalized recommendations
- help educate parents about child development and negotiating school systems while empowering families to become better advocates
- disseminate specialty knowledge to teachers to better serve children with unique learning, emotional or developmental needs
Did you know?
Children treated typically have diagnoses such as learning disabilities, ADHD, disruptive behavior, language delays and a variety of more specific mood or developmental disorders. Almost 15 percent of children who come to ASK have no diagnosis, but were in need of other social supports.