ASK Program | Frequently Asked Questions

Who makes up the ASK team?

Our team members may include:

  • a developmental-behavioral pediatrician or a neurodevelopmental disabilities attending
  • a nurse practitioner
  • developmental-behavioral fellows and general pediatric fellows
  • a social worker
  • an educational specialist
  • a psychologist
  • volunteer student advocates

How can my child participate in ASK?

Your child must receive primary care at Boston Children's Hospital or the Martha Eliot Health Center to participate in ASK.

Talk to your child's primary care provider about being referred to ASK. If your primary care provider thinks that ASK is appropriate for your child, they will refer him/her to the ASK team.

Once a referral is made and approved, an appointment will be scheduled for you and your child to meet with the ASK team. Appointments will take place within your primary care center.


What happens at my child's first ASK appointment?

At the first appointment, you and your child will meet with a member of the ASK team (i.e. developmental behavioral pediatrician, pediatric fellow, nurse practitioner, social worker, or psychologist). Both you and your child will talk about the problems your child is having.

This interview covers many different parts of your child's needs, including your child's developmental history, how they do in school, family stressors, medical concerns, and the way they interact with their peers in social settings.

Based on this meeting, the ASK team will create a plan to help you and your family find the most appropriate resources to help your child. Together, you will talk about what was learned and discuss treatment options, if indicated. Outcomes of this meeting and treatments plans will be shared with your child's primary care provider.


What should I bring to my first appointment?

Please bring:

  • copies of any other evaluations your child has had, including school TEAM evaluations (CORE/IEP) and copies of your child's IEP (if appropriate)
  • recent report cards and other reports from your child's teacher or school
  • a list of questions you would like answered

Why is it important for me to get help for my child?

  • Studies have shown that children who receive help early and have more support in school have better academic success.
  • Parents/caregivers who know their child's rights and understand the school system can better advocate for their children.
  • Having outside support services in place for your child can often help them overcome obstacles that may be affecting their learning.