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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 disorder, Asperger syndrome and developmental delays. It is the clinical arm of the Lurie Center for Autism, which also has research, advocacy and training programs.


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See the 2017-2018 Coffee Convo schedule here.

Meet our MGH Patient Navigator for Autism, Karen Turner, MS, OTR/L.

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

We are 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 disorder (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.

Collaborative Partners 

Meet the Team

Lurie Center for Autism Director

Lurie Center Medical Director

Our Providers


Family Support Specialists

Senior Behavioral Consultant

Education Specialist

MGH Patient Navigator for Autism

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

See Spaulding Outpatient Center for Children Lexington

About this Program

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 conditions including autism spectrum disorder and other neurodevelopmental disorders. It is the clinical arm of the Lurie Center for Autism, which also has research, advocacy and training programs.

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, behavioral 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

Patient Resources

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

A family's journey through the world of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be a daunting task.  It is often a struggle to sort 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.

The Lurie Center for Autism website aims to address common questions and concerns about ASD with evidence-based answers that have been reviewed by credentialed professionals on our staff.   Our goal is to continually update this resource as new information is discovered, evidence develops and new research is published.

Coffee Convo and Workshops

Our commitment is to provide ongoing evidence-based learning and training opportunities for families and professionals. One of the ways we do this is with our popular Coffee Convo series, which runs monthly from September to May.

The 2017-2018 Coffee Convo Series schedule is here! Click here to download the flyer with dates and info for the entire series.

Register to attend by calling 781-860-1700 or email us at LurieCenter@partners.org.

The featured topic for February 2018:

Vocational & Career Opportunities Across the Spectrum
Presented by Leslie O'Brien, LICSW and Beth Tauro

Monthly Caregiver Workshops

Newly diagnosed - Monthly, 1st & 3rd Tuesday, 12-1:00 pm, Free
Receiving a new diagnosis can be a life changing experience for caregivers. This interactive workshop is geared towards caregivers of young children. It provides support and general education about autism spectrum disorder, treatments available, and community services available to families.
Facilitator: Suzanne Bloomer, MA

Behavior Basics - Monthly, 4th Tuesday, 11:30-1 pm, $20/Family This interactive workshop helps caregivers understand the basic principles of behavior in order to better manage challenging behaviors at home. Discussion will focus on evidence-based applied behavior analysis (ABA) and applying this methodology to daily life.
Facilitator: Nicole Simon, EdM, LABA, BCBA


Guardianship 101- Monthly, 1st & 3rd Fridays, 12-1:00 pm, $20/Family
The process of pursuing guardianship of children can be confusing. This workshop is designed for parents of children 14 years and older. It teaches the basics of the guardianship process, including types of guardianship, how to determine if your child needs a guardian, and how to prepare your child for turning 18. 
Facilitator: Julie O’Brien, MEd, LMHC

Guardianship 102 - Monthly, 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 11-12:30 pm, $50/Family Completing all of the court-required paperwork can be overwhelming. This workshop is a hands-on group tutorial that includes the review of checklists for each attendee and required documentation. 
Optional: Individual Family Meetings: $100
Facilitator: Julie O’Brien, MEd, LMHC

Patient Handouts

Click the links below to view and download:

Autism Care Questionnaire (ACQ)

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

Topics Related to ASD - Find reliable information on topics often linked with ASD.

A Parent Mentoring Program - Connecting seasoned parents with parents seeking guidance.

Autism Spectrum Disorder Through the Lifespan

Click on the links to learn more:

Meet our MGH Patient Navigator for Autism

Karen A. Turner, MS, OTR/L, is our Patient Navigator for Autism. Click here to learn more about her and how she can help.

Social Narratives

Social narratives, or "social stories" are tools that can help individuals with ASD better understand various environments. Click here to see our list of social narratives for medical appointments or procedures.

Video Tutorials: What to expect with Diagnostic Imaging

Having an MRI can sometimes cause anxiety, especially for patients that have never had one before. Is an MRI loud? What are the benefits? What happens after the MRI? Click here to watch a few short videos created to help patients prepare for their diagnostic imaging appointment.

Additional Helpful Websites


Download the newest issue of Lurie Links here.

Read our past issues below:

January 2017
October 2016
March 2016

Sign up here to receive general information about Lurie Center news and events.

17-year-old with autism creates exceptional art - 2/21/2015, Mass General
At first glance, it looks like Dominic Killiany is an ordinary 17-year-old. He lives with his mother and sister in Watertown, MA. 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.

At Seat at the Table raises funds for autism - 2/21/2015, Mass General
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.

Help us discover new ways to treat the symptoms of autism - 2/21/2015, Research
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.

Buie Featured in Video Series for Autism Speaks - 1/26/2015, Mass General
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.

The art of inclusion - 3/21/2014, Mass General
When Billy Megargel was searching for his voice, he found it in his paintings.

Dr. Tim Buie of the Lurie Center talks to "Autism Speaks" about Patient Behavior and GI Distress - 11/7/2013, Mass General
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.

Research of Ronald Thibert, DO, MsPH - 4/15/2013, Research
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.

A slam dunk for the Lurie Center - 3/29/2013, Mass General
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.

Lurie Center for Autism receives $10 million in gifts - 2/1/2013, Mass General
The Lurie Center for Autism receives two gifts of $5 million to support research and operations.

No Connection Between School Shooting and Asperger's Syndrome - 12/17/2012, Mass General
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.

MGHfC launches new clinics and program - 11/9/2012, Mass General
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: Christopher J. McDougle, MD - 9/28/2012, Mass General
In General awards and honors

Christopher J. McDougle, MD, honored by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - 9/24/2012, Mass General
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 - 9/24/2012, Mass General
Dr. McDougle is listed among the top 1% of doctors in the nation in the specialty of child and adolescent psychiatry.

Lurie Center Part of the Largest Drug Study for Treatment of Impaired Social Relatedness in Autism - 9/14/2012, Mass General
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.

An All-Out Assault on Autism - 8/31/2012, Mass General
U.S.News & World Report article includes overview of the Lurie Center for Autism and quotes Margaret Bauman, MD.


Learn more about the Lurie Center Providers by watching their video below!

Lurie Center for Autism Director

Lurie Center Medical Director

Our Providers

Family Support Specialists

Senior Behavioral Consultant

Education Specialist 



Contact Us

Lurie Center for Autism

1 Maguire Road Lexington, MA 02421
  • Near Public Transit
  • Accessible
  • Phone: 781-860-1700
  • Fax: 781-860-1766
  • Email Us


  • 8:30AM – 5:00PM

*To access public transportation, the bus stops on the corner of Bedford St and Hartwell Ave.   Walk approximately 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 sign up for our e-mail list of research study opportunities and Lurie Center events, please click here.

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


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