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Lurie Center for Autism

The Lurie Center is a multidisciplinary program designed to evaluate and treat children, adolescents and adults with a wide variety of conditions including autism and autism spectrum disorders, Asperger syndrome and developmental delays. It is the clinical arm of the Lurie Center for Autism, which also has research, advocacy and training programs.

Lurie center for autism: Upcoming Events

Please join us for an evening of dialogue on April 28th.  Meet the Experts: A Roundtable Forum.  Please see our flyer for more information.

Did your young child just receive an autism spectrum diagnosis?   As part of our Parent Lecture Series, on May 15th the Lurie Center will be holding a Roundtable Discussion: Navigating diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder in young children.   

Register for our e-mail list here

Meet the Team

Lurie Center for Autism Director

Lurie Center Medical Director

Our Providers

Family Support Specialists

Our on-site Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech-Language Therapy Services are provided by Spaulding Rehabilitation specialists:

The Lurie Center for Autism is an integrated and multidisciplinary clinical, research, training and advocacy program dedicated to treating individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disorders. The Lurie Center is the primary clinical care and clinical research site implementing the broader goals of the Lurie Center for Autism.

The Lurie Center is born out of a philosophy that people with developmental disabilities deserve to be viewed as individuals, each with personal patterns of talents and challenges. We strongly believe each individual deserves the opportunity for access to the quantity and quality of services needed to reach his or her full potential, regardless of economic, social or ethnic background. 

The Lurie Center is a multidisciplinary program designed to evaluate and treat children, adolescents and adults with a wide variety of neurodevelopmental conditions. Individuals seeking evaluation or services for the following conditions are frequently referred to the Lurie Center:                                                                                                                                  

  • Autism spectrum disorders (ASD), including Asperger’s disorder, pervasive developmental disorders-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), and autistic disorder
  • Developmental delays
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Angelman syndrome
  • Fragile X syndrome
  • Rett’s disorder
  • Tuberous sclerosis
  • Tourette's disorder
  • Williams syndrome  
  • Other neurological conditions.

We specialize in caring for individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders with complex profiles who may also have accompanying conditions such as Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), anxiety, depression, cerebral palsy, seizure disorders, sleep problems, gastrointestinal conditions, and many other physical or cognitive concerns.

Our physicians evaluate patients and develop a comprehensive plan for each patient, which can be shared with the caregiver, referring physician, school and/or community program. Care is taken to help the family locate appropriate resources. Long-term follow-up care is provided via periodic consultations.

A summary of the accomplishments across our mission of clinical care, research, education and policy is found in our Lurie Center for Autism: Annual Update. 

Collaborative Partners

 

 

 

 

 

Transition Support Services

The Lurie Center at Massachusetts General Hospital provides support to our families of adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) as they transition into adulthood. Learn more about transition support at the Lurie Center.

Programs and Therapies

Our mission is to treat individuals and support their families across the lifespan

The Lurie Center is a multidisciplinary program designed to evaluate and treat children, adolescents and adults with a wide variety of neurodevelopmental conditions. The Lurie Center provides expertise in neurology, developmental pediatrics, psychiatry, gastroenterology, neuropsychology, educational consultation, speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, and physical therapy.

The Lurie Center clinical model combines evaluation and treatment by physicians, psychologists, and nurse practitioners in collaboration with other professionals involved in the individual’s care, including educational consultants, speech-language pathologists, and physical and occupational therapists. Our unique approach is applied not only to diagnosis but also to identifying the most appropriate interventions and therapies for each patient’s special needs. The multidisciplinary model further offers the opportunity for the care team to more effectively communicate and learn from each other to improve complex clinical care.

Our goal is to provide services for individuals across the lifespan at our Lexington clinic or through referral to other resources.

Evaluation and Services Overview

The Lurie Center is a multidisciplinary program designed to evaluate and treat children, adolescents and adults with a wide variety of neurodevelopmental conditions. Individuals seeking evaluation or services for the following conditions are frequently referred to the Lurie Center:

  • Autism spectrum disorders (ASD), including Asperger’s disorder, pervasive developmental disorders-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), and autistic disorder
  • Developmental delays
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Angelman syndrome
  • Fragile X syndrome
  • Rett’s disorder
  • Tuberous sclerosis
  • Tourette's disorder
  • Williams syndrome 
  • Other neurological conditions.

Navigating Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Our mission is to treat individuals and support their families over the lifespan

Finding the way through the world of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) can be a daunting task.  Families often struggle to separate the overload of information from thousands of sources.  It is difficult to know what theories to question and which sources to trust.  It is also challenging to decide what applies to each situation, how to prioritize, and how to take action.

This site addresses common questions and concerns about ASD with evidence-based answers that have been reviewed by professionals at the Lurie Center for Autism.   Our goal is to continually update this resource as new information is discovered, evidence develops and new research is published.

 

Acute Care Plan for Autism   

The Massachusetts General Hospital for Children's Acute Care Plan (ACP) addresses non-medical needs of an individual with autism when in the hospital setting.  Parents/guardians are encouraged to fill out the ACP.

Autism Spectrum Disorder Through The Lifespan

Learn about:

Social Narratives
Learn how social narratives can help individuals with ASD improve their understanding of events and expectations
Helpful Organizations and Websites

Find organizations and websites with useful information related to ASD

Education   Find Lurie Center's workshops, trainings, and speaker series

Roger A. Bauman Parent Speaker Series

Learn about the Parent Speaker Series, a series of lectures sponsored by Friends of Lurie (FOL) for caregivers of individuals with ASD

Neuroscience Center Innovates, Grows

The Neuroscience Center at MassGeneral Hospital for Children is a growing program designed to accelerate research and provide state-of-the-art care for children with neurological disorders.

Chris McDougle, MD, Named to Nancy Lurie Marks Professorship

Congratulations to Chris McDougle, MD, the first incumbent of the Nancy Lurie Marks Professorship in the Field of Autism at Harvard Medical School.

An All-Out Assault on Autism

U.S.News & World Report article includes overview of the Lurie Center for Autism and quotes Margaret Bauman, MD.

Lurie Center Part of the Largest Drug Study for Treatment of Impaired Social Relatedness in Autism

The Lurie Center for Autism will take part in the largest study ever done on a medication to treat impaired social relatedness in children and teenagers with autism spectrum disorders.

Christopher J. McDougle, MD, honored by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

The George Tarjan Award recognizes a child and adolescent psychiatrist who has made significant contributions in a lifetime career or single seminal work to the understanding or care of those with developmental disabilities. These contributions must have national and/or international stature and clearly demonstrate lasting effects.

Christopher J. McDougle, MD, named among top 1% of doctors by U.S. News & World Report

Dr. McDougle is listed among the top 1% of doctors in the nation in the specialty of child and adolescent psychiatry.

In General: Christopher J. McDougle, MD

In General awards and honors

MGHfC launches new clinics and program

MassGeneral Hospital for Children(MGHFC) recently rolled out two new clinics – the Angelman Syndrome Clinic and the Child and Adolescent Medical Psychiatry (ChAMP) Clinic – and a new weight and asthma program, Inspired Health.

No Connection Between School Shooting and Asperger's Syndrome

In a blog post shared here, D. Scott McLeod, PhD, a MassGeneral Hospital for Children psychologist and executive director of Aspire Program, says persons with ASD are no more likely to commit a violent act than persons not on the autism spectrum.

Lurie Center for Autism receives $10 million in gifts

The Lurie Center for Autism receives two gifts of $5 million to support research and operations.

A slam dunk for the Lurie Center

THE LURIE CENTER FOR AUTISM at the MGH and MassGeneral Hospital for Children was one of the beneficiaries of the 14th annual Full Court Charity Challenge March 16 at Basketball City in Boston.

Research of Ronald Thibert, DO, MsPH

Ronald Thibert, DO, MsPH is a pediatric epileptologist in the Pediatric Epilepsy Program at MGHfC and the Lurie Center for Autism, specializing in the treatment of children with difficult to control seizures. He has a special interest in children with autistic spectrum disorders, especially those with Angelman syndrome and duplications of chromosome 15q (Dup15q). He is the director of both the Angelman syndrome clinic and the Dup15q Center at MGHfC and the Lurie Center and the majority of his clinical research focuses on the treatment of seizures in these 2 genetic disorders.

Dr. Tim Buie of the Lurie Center talks to "Autism Speaks" about Patient Behavior and GI Distress

MGHfC pediatric gastroenterologist Dr. Tim Buie talks to Autism Speaks about getting help for autistic children who suffer from gastrointestinal disorders. He discusses reducing behaviors linked to GI distress and provides some tips for parents on recognizing these behaviors and talking to pediatricians.

The art of inclusion

When Billy Megargel was searching for his voice, he found it in his paintings.

Frontiers in Pediatrics Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition 2013

This course is designed to meet one or more of the following Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education competencies: Patient care; Medical knowledge; Practice-based learning and improvement; Interpersonal and communication skills; Professionalism; Systems-based practice

Sounding the Alarm

Join Autism Speaks and Mass General’s Lurie Center for Autism for a special preview of the compelling new documentary, Sounding the Alarm.

Laura Politte, MD

Dr. Politte is a psychiatrist at the Lurie Center Autism. She takes care of adults and children who have behavorial and mental health needs.

Jessica Helt-Cameron, NP

Jessica Helt-Cameron talks about her work at the Lurie Center for Autism.

Your Visit to the Lurie Center

Your visit to the Lurie Center, starting with the view from the parking lot and including what you will see when you walk into the building, checking in at the front desk, what the waiting rooms look like, and what happens during an exam.

Lisa Nowinski, PhD

Dr. Lisa Nowinski talks about her work as a neuropsychologist at the Lurie Center for Autism.

Ann Neumeyer, MD

Dr. Ann Neumeyer, the medical director at the Lurie Center for Autism, talks about her work as a neurologist.

Gretchen Timmel, MEd

Gretchen Timmel works with adults and children at the Lurie Center for Autism.

Christopher McDougle, MD

Dr. Christopher McDougle, the director of the Lurie Center for Autism, talks about his work as a psychiatrist.

Susan Connors, MD

Dr. Susan Connors talks about her work at the Lurie Center for Autism.

Ellen Roth, MSW, LICSW

Ellen Roth talks about her work at the Lurie Center for Autism.

Charles Henry, MD

Dr. Charles Henry talks about his work at the Lurie Center for Autism.

Suzanne Bloomer, MA

Suzanne Bloomer talks about her work as the autism resource specialist at the Lurie Center for Autism.

Julie O'Brien, LMHC

Julie O’Brien, LMHC, talks about her work at the Lurie Center for Autism.

Roger A. Bauman Parent Speaker Series

Learn about the Parent Speaker Series, a series of lectures sponsored by Friends of Lurie (FOL) for caregivers of individuals with ASD

Lurie Center for Autism

1 Maguire Road
Lexington, MA 02421

Phone: 781-860-1700
Fax: 781-860-1766
Email: luriecenter@partners.org
Hours: 8:30 – 5:00

Public Transportation Access: yes
Disabled Access: yes

*To access public transportation, the bus stops on the corner of Bedford St and Hartwell Ave.   Walk approx 5 blocks on Hartwell, turn right on to Maguire Rd.  Lurie Center is on the corner of Hartwell Ave. and Maguire Rd.

To schedule an appointment with a MassGeneral for Children pediatric specialist, please call 781-860-1700.

Physicians may call 781-860-1704.

To register for our e-mail list of upcoming Lurie Center events and research opportunities, click here: register now

To contact the Aspire Program, please call 781-860-1900.

To contact Benson Henry, please call 781-860-1945.

 

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Learn about research opportunities at the Lurie Center for Autism

The Lurie Center for Autism conducts innovative research to advance knowledge of autism spectrum and developmental disorders.

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Deconstructing Autism

The week little Neil Buckley lost all his words, Maura and Paul Buckley lost their bearings.

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Educational Opportunities at the Lurie Center for Autism

The Lurie Center for Autism is committed to advancing knowledge about autism spectrum disorders (ASD) for families, professionals, students, and trainees.