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Name of Treatment Program: Lurie Center for Autism

Short description: 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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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:

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.

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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.

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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:

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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.  

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.

Autism Care Questionnaire (ACQ)   

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

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Autism Spectrum Disorder Through The Lifespan

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Connecting seasoned parents with parents seeking guidance

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Find reliable information on topics often linked with ASD

 

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

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tab2_content: <h3 class="heading-3">Lurie Center for Autism Director</h3> <ul> <li><a href="/children/doctors/doctor.aspx?id=19059">Christopher McDougle, MD</a></li> </ul> <h3 class="heading-3">Lurie Center Medical Director</h3> <ul> <li><a href="/children/doctors/doctor.aspx?id=16823">Ann Neumeyer, MD</a></li> </ul> <h3 class="heading-3">Our Providers</h3> <ul> <li><a href="/children/doctors/doctor.aspx?id=19846">Kirstin B. Birtwell, PhD</a><br /> <em>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Psychology</em></li> <li><a href="/children/doctors/doctor.aspx?id=18050">Robert L. Doyle, MD</a><br /> <em>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Psychiatry</em></li> <li><a href="/children/doctors/doctor.aspx?id=19478">Gillian Erhabor, PhD</a><br /> <em>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Psychology</em></li> <li><a href="/children/doctors/doctor.aspx?id=20151">Sylvia Fogel, MD</a><br /> <em>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Psychiatry</em></li> <li><a href="/children/doctors/doctor.aspx?id=19098">Nora Friedman, MD</a><br /> <em>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Psychiatry</em></li> <li><a href="/children/doctors/doctor.aspx?id=19466">Paula Goldenberg, MD</a><br /> <em>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Genetics</em></li> <li><a href="/children/doctors/doctor.aspx?id=19215">Yamini Howe, MD</a><br /> <em>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics</em></li> <li><a href="/children/doctors/doctor.aspx?id=19239">Sarah M. Kadzielski, MD</a><br /> <em>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Gastroenterology</em></li> <li><a href="/children/doctors/doctor.aspx?id=19825">Christopher Keary, MD</a><br /> <em>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Psychiatry</em></li> <li><a href="/children/doctors/doctor.aspx?id=19791">Douglas Maus, MD, PhD</a><br /> <em>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Neurology<br /></em></li> <li><a href="/children/doctors/doctor.aspx?id=16881">D. Scott McLeod, PhD</a><br /> <em>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Executive Director, Aspire</em><br /> <em>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Clinical Instructor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School</em></li> <li><a href="/children/doctors/doctor.aspx?id=19855">Alyssa S. Milot, PhD</a><br /> <em>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Psychology</em></li> <li><a href="/children/doctors/doctor.aspx?id=19491">Bretton Mulder, PsyD</a><br /> <em>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Program Manager, Teen and Young Adult Services</em></li> <li><a href="/children/doctors/doctor.aspx?id=19493">Lisa Nowinski, PhD</a><br /> <em>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Psychology</em></li> <li><a href="/children/doctors/doctor.aspx?id=19428">Michelle Palumbo, MD</a><br /> <em>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Pediatrics, Psychiatry</em></li> <li><a href="http://www.massgeneral.org/doctors/doctor.aspx?id=20319" target="_blank">Renee M. Poulin, PhD</a><br />&nbsp;<em>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Psychiatry</em></li> <li><a href="/children/doctors/doctor.aspx?id=18326">Ron Thibert, DO</a><br /> <em>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Neurology</em></li> <li><a href="/children/doctors/doctor.aspx?id=19461">Diana Wasserman, MD</a><br /> <em>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics</em></li> </ul> <h3 class="heading-3">Nurses</h3> <ul> <li><a href="/children/staff/staff.aspx?id=1277">Lana Wilcox, RN, BSN</a></li> <li><a href="/children/staff/staff.aspx?id=1280">Jessica Zoino, RN, BSN </a></li> </ul> <h3 class="heading-3">Family Support Specialists</h3> <ul> <li><a href="/children/staff/staff.aspx?id=1070">Suzanne Bloomer, MA</a></li> <li><a href="/children/staff/staff.aspx?id=1144">Julie O&rsquo;Brien, LMHC</a></li> <li><a href="/children/staff/staff.aspx?id=1157">Ellen Roth, MSW, LICSW</a></li> </ul> <h3 class="heading-3">Senior Behavioral Consultant</h3> <ul> <li><a href="/children/staff/staff.aspx?id=1202">Nicole Simon, EdM, LABA, BCBA </a></li> </ul> <h3 class="heading-3">Education Specialist</h3> <ul> <li><a href="/children/staff/staff.aspx?id=1183">Gretchen L. Timmel, M Ed.</a></li> </ul> <h3 class="heading-3">MGH Patient Navigator for Autism</h3> <ul> <li><a title="Karen Turner" href="/children/staff/staff.aspx?id=1268" target="_blank">Karen A. Turner, MS, OTR/L</a><br /><br /></li> </ul> <p>Our on-site Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech-Language Therapy Services are provided by Spaulding Rehabilitation specialists:</p> <p>See <a href="http://www.spauldingnetwork.org/locations/lexington-ma.aspx">Spaulding Outpatient Center for Children Lexington</a></p>

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tab5_content: <p><em>Our mission is to treat individuals and support their families&nbsp;across the lifespan.</em></p> <p>A family's journey through the world of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be daunting. It is often a struggle to sort the overload of information. It is difficult to know what theories to question and which sources to trust. &nbsp;It is also challenging to decide what applies to each situation, how to prioritize and take action.</p> <p>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.</p> <p class="sectionheading">Coffee Convo and Workshops</p> <p>Our commitment is to provide ongoing evidence-based learning and training opportunities for families and professionals.&nbsp;One of the ways we do this is with our popular Coffee Convo series, which runs monthly from September to May.</p> <p><strong>The 2017-2018 Coffee Convo Series schedule is here!&nbsp;<a href="/children/assets/pdf/Coffee-Convo-2017-2018-schedule.pdf" target="_blank">Click here to download</a> the flyer with dates and info for the entire series. </strong></p> <p><strong>Register to attend by calling 781-860-1700 or email us at <a href="mailto:LurieCenter@partners.org">LurieCenter@partners.org</a>.</strong></p> <p><strong>The featured topic for&nbsp;April 25, 2018: </strong>(Click&nbsp;below to RSVP online)</p> <p><a href="https://giving.massgeneral.org/events/an-evening-of-dialogue-2018/" target="_blank"><strong><em>Meet the Experts: </em></strong><em><strong>An Evening of Dialogue</strong></em></a></p> <p class="heading-3 sectionheading"><strong>Monthly Caregiver Workshops</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.massgeneral.org/children/services/lurie-center/updated-Newly-Diagnosed.aspx">Newly diagnosed</a></strong> <em>Monthly, 1st &amp; 3rd Tuesday, 12-1:00 pm, Free</em><br />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.<br /><em>Facilitator: Suzanne Bloomer, MA</em></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Behavior Basics</span><em> - </em><em>Monthly, 4th Tuesday, 11:30-1 pm, $20/Family <em><em><br />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. <br /><em>Facilitator: Nicole Simon, EdM, LABA, BCBA</em></em></em></em></p> <h4 class="heading-2 heading-4"><a href="/children/assets/pdf/Lurie_Center_Guardianship_101.pdf">Guardianship</a></h4> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Guardianship 101</span>- <em>Monthly, 1st &amp; 3rd Fridays, 12-1:00 pm, $20/Family</em><br />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.&nbsp; <br /><em>Facilitator: Julie O&rsquo;Brien, MEd, LMHC</em></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Guardianship 102</span><em> - </em><em>Monthly, 2nd &amp; 4th Thursdays, 11-12:30 pm, $50/Family </em><br />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.&nbsp;<em><br />Optional: Individual Family Meetings: $100<br />Facilitator: Julie O&rsquo;Brien, MEd, LMHC</em></p> <p class="modTxt sectionheading">Patient Handouts</p> <p><em>Click the links below to view and download: </em></p> <ul> <li><a href="/children/news/multimedia.aspx?id=587">Lurie Center Visit</a></li> <li><a title=" " href="/children/assets/pdf/Lurie-Center-Physical- Exam-Social-Narrative.pdf">Lurie Center's Physical Exam Social Narrative</a></li> <li><a title="Vitals" href="/children/assets/pdf/Lurie-Center-Vitals.pdf">Lurie Center's Vitals Social Narrative</a></li> <li><a title="Blood Draw" href="/children/assets/pdf/Lurie_Center_Blood_ Draw_Social_Story.pdf">Lurie Center's Blood Draw Social Narrative</a></li> <li><a href="/children/autism-spectrum-disorder/video-restricted-interests.aspx">Restricted Interests in People with Autism Spectrum Disorder: What You Need to Know</a></li> </ul> <p><strong><a href="http://www.massgeneral.org/children/services/lurie-center/Autism-Care-Questionnaire.aspx">Autism Care Questionnaire (ACQ)</a></strong></p> <p class="modTxt">The Massachusetts General Hospital for Children's ACQ addresses non-medical needs of an individual with autism when in&nbsp;the hospital setting.&nbsp; Parents/guardians are encouraged to fill out the <a title="ACQ" href="https://redcap.partners.org/redcap/surveys/?s=e2wykW" target="_blank">ACQ</a>.</p> <div class="contentRow topBorder clearfix"> <p><strong><a href="http://www.massgeneral.org/children/services/lurie-center/topics-related-to-autism-spectrum-disorders.aspx">Topics Related to ASD</a> - </strong>Find reliable information on topics often linked with ASD.</p> <p><strong><a title="Lurie Links" href="https://redcap.partners.org/redcap/surveys/?s=FetSam">A Parent Mentoring Program</a> - </strong>Connecting seasoned parents with parents seeking guidance.</p> <p class="modTxt">Autism Spectrum Disorder Through the Lifespan</p> <p class="modTxt">Click on the links to learn more:</p> <ul> <li><a title="Newly Diagnosed" href="/children/services/lurie-center/updated-Newly-Diagnosed.aspx" target="_blank">Newly Diagnosed</a></li> <li><a title="Transition Age" href="/children/services/lurie-center/updated-Lurie-Center-Transition.aspx" target="_blank">Transition Ages (Ages 14 &ndash;&nbsp;22)</a></li> <li><a title="Adults" href="/children/services/lurie-center/updated-Lurie-Center-Adult.aspx" target="_blank">Adults (Over age 22)</a></li> <li><a title="Autism Transition Resources" href="/children/assets/pdf/Autism-Transition.pdf" target="_blank">Autism Transition Resources (PDF)</a></li> </ul> </div> <div class="contentRow topBorder clearfix"> <div class="modTxt"> <p class="sectionheading">Meet our MGH Patient Navigator for Autism</p> <p>Karen A. Turner, MS, OTR/L, is our Patient Navigator for Autism.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.massgeneral.org/children/staff/staff.aspx?id=1268" target="_blank">Click here</a> to learn more about her and how she can help.</p> <p class="sectionheading">Social Narratives</p> <p>Social narratives, or "social stories" are tools that can help individuals with ASD better understand various environments. <a title="social narratives " href="http://www.massgeneral.org/children/services/lurie-center/social-narratives.aspx" target="_blank">Click here</a> to see our list of social narratives for medical appointments or procedures.</p> <p class="sectionheading">Video Tutorials: What to expect with Diagnostic Imaging</p> <p>Having an MRI can sometimes cause anxiety, especially for patients that have never had one. Is an MRI loud? What are the benefits? What happens after the MRI? <a href="http://www.massgeneral.org/children/services/treatmentprograms.aspx?id=1640&amp;display=videos" target="_blank">Click here to watch&nbsp;a few short videos created to help patients prepare for their diagnostic imaging appointment</a>.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.massgeneral.org/children/services/lurie-center/updated-helpful-organizations.aspx">Additional Helpful Websites</a></strong></p> </div> </div>

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tab7_content: <p><strong>Download the newest issue of Lurie Links <a href="http://www.massgeneral.org/children/assets/pdf/lurie-links-2017-annual-update-final-version.pdf" target="_blank">here</a>.<strong><br /><span href="/children/assets/pdf/lurie-links-november-2015.pdf"></span></strong></strong></p> <p>Sign up&nbsp;<strong><a href="https://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/d.jsp?llr=ql4jy7n6&amp;p=oi&amp;m=1011356073328&amp;sit=twzkxf64&amp;f=a1fa27c2-553c-4329-86f4-ee9af26f13cc">here</a></strong> to receive general information about&nbsp;Lurie Center news and events.</p> <p><strong>Lurie Center&nbsp;&amp; MGH Aspire staff published in new SAGE&nbsp;Encyclopedias&nbsp;- 3/16/2018,&nbsp;MGH Lurie Center &amp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.massgeneral.org/children/aspire/overview.aspx?display=aspire-overview" target="_blank">MGH Aspire</a> <br /></strong>We are delighted to announced that numerous staff members of the Lurie Center and MGH Aspire have authored chapters of the 2018 <a href="/children/assets/images/2018-lurie-book-set-published.jpg" target="_blank">SAGE Encyclopedia of Intellectual and Developmental Disorders</a>.&nbsp;<a href="https://facebook.com/MGHLurieCenter/photos/a.282856525171999.1073741828.282666081857710/670789173045397/ " target="_blank">Click here</a> to see the full list of authors.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://hms.harvard.edu/research/paper-chase?pcq=29491010&amp;destination=research/paper-chase%3Fpcs%3D%26pcq%3D%26pci%3D2" target="_blank">New research published in The Journal of Neuroscience through Lurie Center research project</a>&nbsp;- 3/6/2018,&nbsp;Harvard Medical School<br /></strong>In affiliation with McLean Hospital, new research relating to immune system activation during prenatal and early postnatal development and its impact on the development of autism spectrum disorder has just been published in The Journal of Neuroscience through the Lurie Center for Autism research project. Christopher J. McDougle, MD, Director of the Lurie Center, co-authored the research.</p> <p><strong><a title="London Family Looks to Emulate the Lurie Center's Model in the UK and Beyond" href="/children/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=6701">London Family Looks to Emulate the Lurie Center's Model in the UK and Beyond</a>&nbsp;</strong><br />When Malik Dahlan and Sarah Yamani noticed their third son, Hamza, was not progressing at the same rate as his older brothers, they were on a quest to find answers and resources. Soon they were pointed to the Lurie Center for Autism.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a title="Making the Hospital Accessible for Individuals with Autism" href="/children/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=6702">Making the Hospital Accessible for Individuals with Autism</a>&nbsp;- 12/31/2016</strong><br /><span>The growing number of patients with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) prompted Massachusetts General Hospital to initiate the Autism Care Collaborative (ACC). With the support of the Ruderman Family Foundation, the ACC team set forth to build awareness of the needs of people with autism.</span></p> <p><strong><a href="/children/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=5171">17-year-old with autism creates exceptional art</a> - 2/21/2015, Mass General <br /> </strong>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 &mdash; he&rsquo;s a young artist with autism.&nbsp;<a class="bold font-size-16" href="http://www.massgeneral.org/children/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=6701"><br /></a></p> <p><a href="/children/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=5172"><strong>At Seat at the Table raises funds for autism</strong></a><strong> - 2/21/2015, Mass General <br /> </strong>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.</p> <p><a href="/children/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=5173"><strong>Help us discover new ways to treat the symptoms of autism</strong></a><strong> - 2/21/2015, Research <br /> </strong>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.</p> <p><a href="/children/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=4665"><strong>The art of inclusion </strong></a><strong>- 3/21/2014, Mass General <br /> </strong>When Billy Megargel was searching for his voice, he found it in his paintings.</p> <p><a href="/children/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=4139"><strong>Research of Ronald Thibert, DO, MsPH</strong></a><strong> - 4/15/2013, Research <br /> </strong>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.</p> <p><a href="/children/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=3975"><strong>Lurie Center for Autism receives $10 million in gifts</strong></a><strong> - 2/1/2013, Mass General <br /> </strong>The Lurie Center for Autism receives two gifts of $5 million to support research and operations.</p> <p><a href="/children/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=3913"><strong>No Connection Between School Shooting and Asperger's Syndrome</strong></a><strong> - 12/17/2012, Mass General <br /> </strong>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.</p> <p><a href="/children/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=3836"><strong>MGHfC launches new clinics and program </strong></a><strong>- 11/9/2012, Mass General <br /> </strong>MassGeneral Hospital for Children(MGHFC) recently rolled out two new clinics &ndash; the Angelman Syndrome Clinic and the Child and Adolescent Medical Psychiatry (ChAMP) Clinic &ndash; and a new weight and asthma program, Inspired Health.</p> <p><a href="/children/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=3755"><strong>Christopher J. McDougle, MD, honored by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry</strong></a><strong> - 9/24/2012, Mass General <br /> </strong>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.</p> <p><a href="/children/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=3761"><strong>Christopher J. McDougle, MD, named among top 1% of doctors by U.S. News &amp; World Report</strong></a><strong> - 9/24/2012, Mass General <br /> </strong>Dr. McDougle is listed among the top 1% of doctors in the nation in the specialty of child and adolescent psychiatry.</p>

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tab8_content: <p class="sectionheading">Learn more about the Lurie Center Providers by watching their video below!</p> <p class="sectionheading">Lurie Center for Autism Director</p> <ul> <li><strong><a href="https://app.vidscrip.com/vidscrip/579f7c8c1678860900424601">Christopher McDougle, MD</a></strong></li> </ul> <p class="sectionheading">Lurie Center Medical Director</p> <ul> <li><strong><a href="https://app.vidscrip.com/vidscrip/5726cba6a254a5897c3c9868">Ann Neumeyer, MD</a></strong></li> </ul> <p class="sectionheading">Our Providers</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://app.vidscrip.com/vidscrip/5726cba6a254a5897c3c9867"><strong>Kirstin B. Birtwell, PhD</strong></a>&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li><a href="https://app.vidscrip.com/vidscrip/5726cba6a254a5897c3c980d"><strong>Gillian Erhabor, PhD</strong></a></li> <li><a href="https://app.vidscrip.com/vidscrip/57bdc75e088fd508009d2995"><strong>Nora Friedman, MD</strong></a></li> <li><strong><a href="https://app.vidscrip.com/vidscrip/5726cba6a254a5897c3c9847">Alanna Gold, PhD</a></strong></li> <li><a href="https://app.vidscrip.com/vidscrip/57b5dfdd9bd77d06007208bf"><strong>Paula Goldenberg, MD</strong></a></li> <li><a href="https://app.vidscrip.com/vidscrip/57602c30eaca9107005ff173"><strong>Yamini Howe, MD</strong></a></li> <li><strong><a href="https://app.vidscrip.com/vidscrip/575ef1fc7328c40500a51d24">Sarah M. Kadzielski, MD</a></strong></li> <li><a href="https://app.vidscrip.com/vidscrip/575adcd87328c40500a512d6"><strong>Christopher Keary, MD</strong></a></li> <li><a href="https://app.vidscrip.com/vidscrip/577131f8e3bde60700f170dc"><strong>D. Scott McLeod, PhD</strong></a><em><em><br /></em></em></li> <li><strong><a href="https://app.vidscrip.com/vidscrip/57b46133ebf601050011df6b">Alyssa S. Milot, PhD</a></strong><em><br /></em></li> <li><strong><a href="https://app.vidscrip.com/vidscrip/578d0f8685d2670900db934a">Michelle Palumbo, MD</a></strong></li> </ul> <p class="sectionheading">Family Support Specialists</p> <ul> <li><strong><a href="https://app.vidscrip.com/vidscrip/57572b7859c6750600c31e8d">Suzanne Bloomer, MA</a></strong></li> <li><strong><a href="https://app.vidscrip.com/user/5756c1a4de374b0500ec5455">Julie O&rsquo;Brien, LMHC</a></strong></li> <li><strong><a href="https://app.vidscrip.com/vidscrip/5751c2d7134514050016f969">Ellen Roth, MSW, LICSW</a></strong></li> </ul> <p class="sectionheading">Senior Behavioral Consultant</p> <ul> <li><strong><a href="https://app.vidscrip.com/vidscrip/5726cba6a254a5897c3c987e">Nicole Simon, EdM, LABA, BCBA</a>&nbsp;</strong></li> </ul> <p class="sectionheading">Education&nbsp;Specialist&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://app.vidscrip.com/vidscrip/5726cba6a254a5897c3c986c"><strong>Gretchen L. Timmel, M Ed.</strong></a><br /><br /></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p>

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With participation in research, our study volunteers join an important partnership with the research community and contribute to increasing knowledge of autism and related disorders.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="highlightbox"> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h4>Pill swallowing can be a challenge for many individuals.&nbsp;&nbsp;Check out these helpful hints: <a title=" " href="/children/assets/pdf/Lurie-Center-Teaching Your Child to Swallow a Pill.pdf">Teaching your Child to Swallow a Pill</a>.</h4> </div> <p>Read about our current Lurie Center projects that are seeking volunteers:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.autismspeaks.org/science/resources-programs/autism-treatment-network">Autism Treatment Network Registry</a></li> <li><a href="/children/services/lurie-center/lurie-research-mr-pet-website-asd.pdf">Investigation of Neuroinflammation in Autism using MR-PET</a>&nbsp; -- Individuals with an ASD&nbsp;(pdf)</li> <li><a href="/children/services/lurie-center/lurie-research-mr-pet-website-con.pdf">Investigation of Neuroinflammation in Autism using MR-PET</a>&nbsp; -- Control group (pdf)<!-- [if gte mso 9]><xml> </xml><![endif]--></li> <li><a href="/children/services/lurie-center/lurie-research-camp.pdf">Children's Autism Metabolome Project (CAMP) - Biomarker study</a>&nbsp;(pdf)</li> <li><a href="/children/services/lurie-center/sidekicks-flyer.pdf" target="_blank">Using Affinities technology in children with autism spectrum disorder to enhance social communication</a>&nbsp;(Sidekicks) (pdf)</li> <li><a href="/children/services/lurie-center/lurie-research-asf-anxiety.pdf">Anxiety in Angelman Syndrome</a>&nbsp;(pdf)<!-- [if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" DefUnhideWhenUsed="true" DefSemiHidden="true" DefQFormat="false" DefPriority="99" LatentStyleCount="267"> <![endif]--><span style="font-size: 11.0pt; font-family: 'Calibri','sans-serif'; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #1f497d; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 11.0pt; font-family: 'Calibri','sans-serif'; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #1f497d; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;"></span></li> <li><span style="font-size: 11.0pt; font-family: 'Calibri','sans-serif'; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #1f497d; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;"><a href="/children/services/lurie-center/stars-study-flyer.pdf" target="_blank">A phase 2 Adult Angelman Syndrome Clinical Trial: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Safety and Efficacy Study of Gaboxadol</a>&nbsp;(STARS) (pdf)</span><span style="font-size: 11.0pt; font-family: 'Calibri','sans-serif'; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #1f497d; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;"></span></li> </ul> <p>To learn more about currently available research opportunities at the Lurie Center, please&nbsp;contact our research office:</p> <ul> <li><a href="mailto:LurieCenterResearch@partners.org">LurieCenterResearch@partners.org</a> <em>or </em></li> <li>Call us at <strong>781.860.1711</strong>.&nbsp;</li> <li>Join the <a title="Research Listserve" href="https://redcap.partners.org/redcap/surveys/?s=4xMumpWWYh">Lurie Center Research Mailing</a>&nbsp;List to find&nbsp;out about new studies&nbsp;and events.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>For more information about clinical research participation, visit the following links.</p> <ul> <li><a class="externallink" href="http://www.cc.nih.gov/kidsinresearch/index.html">National Institutes of Health (NIH) Kids in Research</a></li> <li><a class="externallink" href="http://www.nih.gov/health/clinicaltrials/basics.htm">NIH Clinical Research Trials Basics</a></li> <li><a class="externallink" href="http://www.autismspeaks.org/science/participate-research/participants-guide-drug-research">Autism Speaks&reg; Participant's Guide to Autism Drug Research</a></li> </ul>

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