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Baio J, Wiggins L, Christensen D, et al.
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MMWR Surveillance Summaries. 2018;67(6):1-23.
The Autism Friendly Initiative at Boston Medical Center aims to improve the hospital experience for patients with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Patients with ASD have various sensory and communication needs, which, when combined with the fast-paced and often over-stimulating hospital environment, can present obstacles to quality healthcare experiences. Through this initiative, BMC aims to address the unique needs of patients with ASD through staff training, environmental adaptation, and protocol adjustment throughout the hospital. We believe this will lead to better hospital experiences, and ideally outcomes, for patients with ASD.
Caregivers from the Autism Program's Parent Leadership in Autism Network (PLAN) collaborated to present an "Autism 101" training to third year medical students at the BU School of Medicine. To learn more about trainings, click here.
Autism Toolboxes are now being piloted at Boston Medical Center in the Pediatric Emergency Department and the BU Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. The toolbox includes items such as sensory toys and sunglasses to help patients with ASD better cope with their sensory needs. To learn more about the toolbox, click here.
Marilyn Augustyn, MD - Division Director, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Sarabeth Broder-Fingert, MD, MPH - Hospitalist, Pediatrics
Shari King, MA - Program Director, The Autism Program
Lauren Bartolotti Busa, MA - Program Manager, The Autism Program
Sarah Qin, MBA - Project Coordinator, Autism Friendly Initiative
Soukaina Adolphe, MD - Pediatrician, Pediatrics
Karan Barry, RN - Nurse Manager, Inpatient Pediatric Unit and PICU
Bob Biggio - Senior Vice President, Facilities and Support Services
Alix Carey - Director of Family Philanthropy and Deputy Director of Development, Office of Development
Christine Cheston, MD - Pediatrician, Pediatrics
Eileen Costello, MD - Chief of Ambulatory Pediatrics, Medical Director, Pediatric Primary Care
William DeBassio, MD - Neurologist, Pediatric Neurology
David Dorfman, MD - Chief of Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics
Molly Ann Duggan, MS, CCLS - Child Life Manager, Child Life
Brenda English, MSW, LICSW - Manager of Social Work, Care Management
Ivys Fernandez- Pastrana, JD - Project Manager, Pediatrics Family Navigation Program
Lisa Fortuna, MD, MPH - Medical Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Shauna Gaughan, MEd - Residency and Addiction Fellowship Coordinator, Psychiatry
Elizabeth Hutton, MD - Medical Director, Pediatric Inpatient Unit; Hospitalist, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Sheryl Katzanek - Director, Patient Advocacy
Kristen Kremer, MPH, MA - Senior Manager of Patient Experience, Accessibility Committee Co-Chair, Accessibility Committee
Jack Maypole, MD - Director, Comprehensive Care Program (CCP), Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Jonathan McCurry - Senior Project Manager, Planning, Design, and Construction
Melissa Nass, MD, MPH - Pediatrician, Department of Pediatrics
Susannah Rowe, MD, MPH- Ophthalmologist, Ophthalmology
Dana Rubin, MD, MSW - Psychiatrist, Pediatrician, Departments of Pediatrics and Child Psychiatry
Kimberly Schwartz, MD - Medical Director, Child Protection Team, Pediatrics
Norman Stein, MPP, MA - Senior Vice President, Chief Development Officer, Office of Development
Bob Vinci, MD - Chairman, Pediatrics
Jodi Wenger, MD - Pediatrician, Comprehensive Care Program, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Athanasios Zavras, DMD, DDS, MS, DrMedSc - Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatric Dentistry
Jacalyn Bedard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MBA Candidate)
Daniel Cahill, Boston University (Masters Candidate)
Sharon Chao, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Julia Goupil, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Courtney Grygiel, Tufts University
Kaitlyn McArdle, MS, BCBA, LABA
Samson Park, Cornell University ’14
Kirquenique Rolle, Boston University
Asia Williams, Northeastern University