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The Lurie Center for Autism is an integrated and multidisciplinary clinical, research, training and advocacy program dedicated to treating individuals with autism spectrum disorder 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:
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
Our on-site Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech-Language Therapy Services are provided by Spaulding Rehabilitation specialists:
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
Navigating Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Our mission is to treat individuals and support their families over the lifespan
Finding the way through the world of autism spectrum disorder (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.
The Massachusetts General Hospital for Children's Autism Care Questionnaire (ACQ) addresses non-medical needs of an individual with autism when in the hospital setting. Parents/guardians are encouraged to fill out the
Find organizations and websites with useful
Connecting seasoned parents with parents seeking guidance
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First, Then Social Narratives for Hospital Visits and Procedures
Learn about the Parent Speaker Series, a series of lectures sponsored by Friends of Lurie (FOL) for caregivers of individuals with ASD
At first glance, it looks like Dominic Killiany is an ordinary 17-year-old. He lives with his mother and sister in Watertown, Massachusetts. He goes to a private school for children with autism, listens to music and takes part in a private gymnastics class. But Dominic also has an extraordinary talent — he’s a young artist with autism.
A Seat at the Table took place on November 4 with cooking sensation Ina Garten, known to her legions of fans as the Barefoot Contessa. The event offered an intimate dining experience at Boston's Mandarin Oriental, and benefited Massachusetts General Hospital and MassGeneral Hospital for Children's Lurie Center for Autism.
The Lurie Center's Research Program offers children, adolescents and adults a unique opportunity to participate in groundbreaking research studies. Learn how you can participate in an exciting study that is exploring a new autism treatment. This new treatment could potentially treat autism's core symptoms, including impaired communication and social skills.
Timothy Buie, MD, director of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at the Lurie Center for Autism, discusses various topics surrounding gastroenterology issues and autism in a video series for Autism Speaks.
When Billy Megargel was searching for his voice, he found it in his paintings.
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.
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.
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.
The Lurie Center for Autism receives two gifts of $5 million to support research and operations.
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.
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.
In General awards and honors
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.
Dr. McDougle is listed among the top 1% of doctors in the nation in the specialty of child and adolescent psychiatry.
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.
U.S.News & World Report article includes overview of the Lurie Center for Autism and quotes Margaret Bauman, MD.
Congratulations to Chris McDougle, MD, the first incumbent of the Nancy Lurie Marks Professorship in the Field of Autism at Harvard Medical School.
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.
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.
Dr. Lisa Nowinski talks about her work as a neuropsychologist at the Lurie Center for Autism.
Dr. Ann Neumeyer, the medical director at the Lurie Center for Autism, talks about her work as a neurologist.
Gretchen Timmel works with adults and children at the Lurie Center for Autism.
Dr. Christopher McDougle, the director of the Lurie Center for Autism, talks about his work as a psychiatrist.
Dr. Susan Connors talks about her work at the Lurie Center for Autism.
Ellen Roth talks about her work at the Lurie Center for Autism.
Suzanne Bloomer talks about her work as the autism resource specialist at the Lurie Center for Autism.
Julie O’Brien, LMHC, talks about her work at the Lurie Center for Autism.
Lurie Center for Autism
*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.
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To contact the Aspire Program, please call 781-860-1900.
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