Direct Patient Care & Support
Psychosocial Support and Resource Assistance
For families seen at Boston Medical Center, specialists are available at the time of diagnosis to offer psychosocial support and assistance to families. This includes aiding with navigating educational and therapeutic options and facilitating linkages to community support agencies.
Behavioral and Educational Programming Support
Autism Specialists work with families by phone and in clinic sessions to provide behavioral consultation and coaching utilizing empirically-based intervention strategies. Common topics addressed include: dealing with challenging behaviors (e.g. picky eating, tantrums, activity transitions), increasing independent living skills (e.g. dressing, toileting and general hygiene) and implementing augmentative communication strategies, visual schedules and other support aids and behavior contracts. Specialists help to review the appropriateness of a child’s educational placement and programming by working with school personnel, making home/school observations and accompanying families at educational team meetings when appropriate.