The Autism Program at Boston Medical Center
The Autism Program at Boston Medical Center assists and empowers individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and related disabilities through direct patient support, provider education, and community-based outreach.
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We strive to meet the needs of the community in Boston and its surrounding areas in a culturally competent manner by offering high quality and comprehensive care to all.
Please note: The Autism Program at Boston Medical Center is a family resource and support program. If you are looking for an autism evaluation or other information about clinical care, including making an appointment with one of our clinicians, wait times, or referrals, please contact Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics at 617.414.4841.
About the Autism Program
Since 2003, clinicians at Boston Medical Center have provided evaluations and ongoing care for children of all ages when there is a pediatrician concern about ASD and related conditions. The team is made up of trained professionals who work alongside Developmental and Behavioral clinicians to provide exceptional medical care without exception and develop innovative, culturally competent approaches and methodologies to best support BMC's patient population. Our team of Resource Specialists offers specialized outreach, training, and advocacy services, forms effective partnerships with schools, collaborates with local organizations, and draws upon a deep knowledge base of social service agencies to facilitate linkages to critical resources.
Facts and Figures
- Has supported over 6,000 family referrals since its inception in 2007
- Conducts annual trainings, workshops, and events for over 150 parents, professionals, and community members
- Has over 1,700 followers on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Pinterest) with an average of 10 new parent and professional followers each week
- Curates a robust resource library with over 300 materials translated into multiple languages
- Operates a highly successful culturally and linguistically diverse Parent Leadership Network (PLAN), with over 25 parent leaders who speak 8 languages
- Runs a unique Teen Mentoring program (TEAM), with up to 36 participants annually
- Hosts an annual Autism Awareness Day event for families, community members, and hospital staff
- Has fostered successful partnerships with over 25 community based agencies and programs
Programs and Services
Shari King, M.A., MPH | Program Director
617.414.3666 • [email protected]
Shari conducts clinical oversight, personnel management and public relations for the Autism Program in addition to leading strategic planning and program implementation. She actively participates in the delivery of trainings, clinical consultation, advocacy and outreach efforts, as well as community networking and initiatives.
Lauren Bartolotti, M.A. | Program Manager
617.414.3691 • [email protected]
Lauren provides clinical supervision to Autism Program staff as they execute patient and family referrals. Lauren also manages the internship program which brings undergraduate and graduate students from local colleges and universities onboard for a rich applied experience.
Liz Ferriero, B.A., CEIS | Autism Resource Specialist
617.414.3698 • [email protected]
Liz provides guidance and support for families seen in the Developmental and Behavioral Clinic. Liz assists families in navigating local, state and federal resources and therapeutic supports. She also works closely with the Parent Leadership in Autism Network (PLAN) program, which offers individualized peer support for parents of children with ASD.
Hillary Hollis, B.A. | Autism Resource Specialist
857.310.0976 • [email protected]
Hillary is a part-time resource specialist who provides support to families that have been seen in the Developmental and Behavioral Clinic. Hillary assists families in accessing community resources and therapeutic supports. She also helps families navigate the special education process and facilitates Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) referrals. Furthermore, she empowers families to advocate for their child's unique needs and provides support around new autism diagnoses.
Jacqueline McKendry, MS, BCBA, LABA | Autism Resource Specialist
617.414.3662 • [email protected]
Jacqueline is a behavior analyst with experience providing and supervising ABA therapy in schools, homes, and communities. She provides support, resources, and behavioral consultation to families within the DBP clinic. Jacqueline encourages families to advocate for themselves and their child's unique needs.
Alexander Friedman, MPH | Project Coordinator - Autism Friendly Initiative
617.414.4247 • a[email protected]
Alexander is responsible for coordinating the Autism Friendly Initiative at BMC, which aims to improve the hospital experience for patients with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). In doing so, Alexander oversees hospital-wide projects related to staff training, systems improvement, and resource development to ultimately address barriers in caring for patients with ASD.
Belinda O'Hagan, M.A. | Research Coordinator
617.414.3671 • [email protected]
Belinda oversees the research activities within the Autism Program and the department of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. She assists Principal Investigators in all stages of research, starting from formulating research questions, identifying stakeholders/partnerships, developing measures, collecting and analyzing data, to dissemination. She also trains and supports interns and research assistants to conduct day-to-day research and administrative duties associated with different studies.
Simone Dufresne, M.A., CAS | Teens Engaged as Mentors (TEAM) Coordinator
617.652.0320 • [email protected]
Simone coordinates the Autism Program's Teens Engaged as Mentors (TEAM) initiative which provides teens with and without autism an opportunity to serve as mentors to a younger child, developing leadership, self-confidence, social skills, and community engagement. She is a primary point of contact for participants, families, and program facilitators and collaboratively plans and oversees monthly events.
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