Advocating Success For Kids 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, and Boston Children's at Martha Eliot.

Helping hundreds of kids

ASK serves about 500 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.

About us

The ASK Program at Boston Children's Hospital was created in 2000 to provide children with specialty care services who are most at risk due to medical, mental health, emotional, and/or learning issues. We work to improve their overall health, their ability to function in school, and their chance for a brighter future.

Our team assesses and screens children referred to us by their primary care providers or schools for developmental issues. We meet parents and their child, discuss the child's problems, come up with a treatment and follow-up plan, and refer them to any additional resources.

Make a gift

Many people ask what they can do to help the Advocating Success for Kids (ASK) Program. One important action you can take today is make a gift. Your donation helps children under the age of 14 with developmental, learning, and/or behavioral difficulties get the help they need from our multidisciplinary team. Every gift, no matter the size, plays a vital role in raising healthy children. When you make a gift, you will receive a gift acknowledgement for tax purposes. Your gift is tax deductible to the extent provided by law. To make your gift online, please click here: Give

For more information about giving, please contact:

Boston Children's Hospital Trust
401 Park Drive, Suite 602
Boston, MA. 02215
617-355-6890

Funding sources

We would like to thank the following funding contributors for their continued support and partnership with the ASK Program:

  • Digital Federal Credit Union
  • Community Care Alliance
  • Office of Child Advocacy at Boston Children's Hospital
  • Boston Children's Hospital Primary Care Center