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Lurie Center for Autism

The Lurie Center for Autism provides evaluation and treatment for metabolic and genetic conditions, developmental delays, and other handicapping conditions in children, adolescents and adults.
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The Lurie Center for Autism (formerly LADDERS) at the Mass General Hospital for Children provides expertise in neurology, developmental pediatrics medicine, gastroenterology, psychiatry, psycho-pharmacology, occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech language pathology.

Patients with the following conditions are frequently referred to this clinic:

  • Agenesis of the corpus callosum
  • Angelman syndrome
  • Asperger syndrome
  • Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism and autism spectrum disorders
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Developmental delays
  • Dysautonomia
  • Early detection of autism
  • Hypomyelination
  • Language and learning disabilities
  • Mental retardation
  • Rett syndrome
  • Seizure disorders
  • Sleep apnea
  • Tourette syndrome
  • Tuberous sclerosis

About this Program

Dr. Margaret Bauman founded the Learning and Developmental Disabilities Evaluation & Rehabilitation Services (LADDERS) program in 1981. Since then it has provided expertise in neurology, developmental pediatrics, gastroenterology and psychiatry/psychopharmacology.

In August of 2009, LADDERS became part of the newly formed Lurie Center for Autism at Massachusetts General Hospital and the MassGeneral Hospital for Children. 

The new Lurie Family Autism Center at Massachusetts General Hospital Center will provide a medical and therapeutic team with the training and expertise to handle the lifelong needs of a maturing individual with autism.

Conditions & Diseases

  • Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder

    ADHD, also called attention-deficit disorder, is a behavior disorder, usually first diagnosed in childhood, that is characterized by inattention, impulsivity, and, in some cases, hyperactivity.

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder

    Autism spectrum disorder is a neurological and developmental disorder that usually appears during the first three years of life.

  • Sleep Apnea

    Sleep apnea is a serious breathing disorder that causes brief interruptions of breathing during sleep.


  • 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, 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.

  • 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.

  • Determined to succeed - 8/29/2014, Mass General

    The Aspire Adult Internship Program at the Lurie Center for Autism helps adults gain valuable experience in the work world.

  • The art of inclusion - 3/21/2014, Mass General

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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.


Contact Us

Lurie Center for Autism

1 Maguire Road Lexington, MA 02142
  • Phone: 781-860-1700
  • Fax: 781-860-1766

Contact the Lurie Center for Autism by e-mail with the online contact form.

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Lurie Center for Autism: 781-860-1700

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