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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 can make the fast-paced and often over-stimulating hospital environment particularly challenging.
To address the needs of patients with ASD, we strive to make the hospital environment more autism-friendly, educate clinicians and staff, and provide resources to patients. We believe these efforts will lead to better hospital experiences, and ideally, better outcomes, for patients with ASD.
The Sensory Toolbox includes items such as sunglasses, stress balls, and pop tubes in order to make our patients feel as comfortable as possible during their hospital visits. They are now available in multiple departments and clinics at Boston Medical Center. Learn more
Autism Support Checklist
The Autism Support Checklist (ASC) collects information about patients’ communication and sensory needs, triggers, and calming strategies. This information is then entered into patients' electronic medical records for clinicians to refer to. Learn more