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Learn more about our autism programs and resources, including behavioral supports for hospital visits, our family support team, lecture series, and e-newsletter.

Autism Spectrum Center Family Support Team

Our family support team can help you to find therapies and supports services for your child. Our team includes patient and family educators, social workers, and Child Life specialists. Contact the center or your provider for more information.

My Hospital Story at Boston Children’s Hospital: Plan and prepare for your child’s visit to Boston Children’s Hospital

My Hospital Story

These visual, child-friendly stories prepare all children, including those with autism, for their visit or procedure. These stories have simple descriptions and photos of different places your child may visit in the hospital. They show what the rooms look like, the people they might meet, and what might happen. Check out our My Hospital Stories at or Child Life services.

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Email newsletter

We invite you to sign up for our informational emails about autism. These emails offer advice and tips on caring for a child with autism, and also offer links to useful information and upcoming events. Sign up. [Español]

Behavioral Support Plan

Children with autism may need additional support during their visit, especially if medical visits make them anxious, upset, or aggressive. That’s why we offer the ability to create a Precautions B Plan, a behavioral plan that helps make appointments as easy and comfortable as possible for children with autism. The plan lets us know things that might upset your child — like bright lights, certain sounds, or being touched — and lists some options that might help, such as having a toy available.

If you feel your child would benefit from behavioral support and a Precautions B Plan, please speak with your health care provider or call the Autism Spectrum Center at 617-355-7493.

General patient and family resources

Boston Children’s has general patient resources to support your family before, during and after your visit. Our resources include interpreters, social workers, Child Life specialists, and the Hale Family Center for Families.

Autism Lecture Series

These presentations given by our expert faculty and guests cover a wide variety of topics on autism that are important to our families. These lectures take place several times over the year, and you can attend in person or online. Most presentations are recorded, so you can watch them at any time.

Presentations are usually held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Folkman Auditorium at Boston Children’s main campus (300 Longwood Avenue, Boston). The auditorium is in the Enders Building, to the right of the main hospital building.

Free parking is available at the main parking garage across the street from the hospital. You will get a parking voucher at the event.

Have an idea for a lecture? Contact the Autism Spectrum Center.

Previous events

Additional resources

Watch: Autism 101 Workshop

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?


Common Recommendations after an Autism Diagnosis


School Services for Autism


What Have We Learned and How are Things Improving?


Family Tips and Resources


Watch: Seminars

Autism Seminar


Puberty, Sex Ed, and Autism


Bullying, Social Skills, and ASD


Autism and ADHD


Understanding the Diagnostic Evaluation for ASD


GI and Restrictive Eating with ASD


Maintaining Behaviors Across Settings


Research in ASDs


ASD Resource Panel Presentation


Teaching Language and Communication in ASD


ASD in the New DSM 5: How Big is the Change?


IEP: Your Basic Rights


Anxiety in Children and Adolescents with ASD


Treatment of Toileting Feeding, Challenges


ASD and the Features of Mobile Devices