The Autism Program at Boston Medical Center
Shari King, M.A. is the Program Manager of the Autism Support Program in BMC's Developmental Pediatrics Division and the Family Support Network for the Autism Consortium. The Autism Consortium is an innovative partnership among 15 Boston-area institutions who share a mutual goal to catalyze advances in understanding, diagnosis and treatment of autism by engaging, supporting and fostering collaboration among a community of clinicians, researchers, donors and families. Shari has nearly fifteen years working to promote the resiliency of children and families by providing psychosocial support and developing innovative programming for individuals coping with difficult transitions and loss. Her team of resource specialists has curated a wealth of dynamic resource information on autism services, including a Parent Information Packet (translated into multiple languages), an online Resource Directory, a Transition to Adulthood Manual and an E Newsletter. At BMC, Shari has worked intensely with collaborative community partners to strengthen and empower the city's most marginalized families, most especially those representing cultural, religious and ethnic minorities.
Lauren Bartolotti, M.A., a graduate of Tufts University, joined the Autism Resource Program in February of 2013. Lauren has several years of experience working with young children in an integrated school setting where she assisted families in navigating and accessing education and therapeutic services. Lauren also spent time working with low-income and diverse populations under the Children's Behavioral Health Initiative as an in-home family therapist where she worked with many families in navigating their child's autism diagnosis. Lauren has robust clinical experience completing two intensive internships at the Jimmy Fund clinic at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Women and Infants Hospital in Providence, RI.
Interns and Volunteers:
Each fall, spring and summer semesters we have several interns and volunteer that assist the program by taking on special projects, assisting with family referrals, and supporting the day to day functions. With their creativity and drive have come several new resources, programs and venues for support for our families. We are thankful for their hard work and dedication to our program.
Boston Medical Center
To make an appointment with the Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Program or for more information, please call 617-414-4841.