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 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.  It is also challenging to decide what applies to each situation, how to prioritize and 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.

2018-2019 Coffee Convo Schedule

Managing Challenging Behavior at Home
Wednesday, May 15
6:30 - 7:30pm
Are you feeling overwhelmed by managing your child’s challenging behaviors at home? Are you unsure of where to go for help? Join the Lurie Center for Autism for an open discussion with Senior Behavioral Consultant, Nicole Simon, EdM, LABA, BCBA, on how to help the home environment feel less stressful. We will discuss the current Lurie Center research project that is providing the first ever verbal and physical management CPI training to parents, as well as other supports and resources that are available. Call 781-860-1700 to reserve your spot today.

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 Thursdays, 1-2:00 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. 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

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