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The mission of the Lurie Center for Autism is to advance knowledge and understanding of autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disorders.
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
An Evening of Dialogue Wednesday, April 246:00 - 8:30pmJoin the Lurie Center for Autism for an evening of dialogue. You'll have a unique opportunity to learn from and speak with leading autism professionals from the Lurie Center and MGH Aspire. You'll have the opportunity to visit several sessions throughout the evening, each on a different topic, as well as a chance to socialize with other parents, caregivers and individuals who are living on the spectrum. Follow this link to register for this special event.
Managing Challenging Behaviors at HomeWednesday, May 156:30 - 7:30pmAre 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.
Newly diagnosed- Monthly, 3rd Tuesday, 12-1:00 pm, FreeReceiving 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 Knowing how to help your child stay in control can be hard. 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 methodogy to daily life. Facilitator: Nicole Simon, EdM, LABA, BCBA
Guardianship 101- Monthly, 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 1-2:00 pm, $20/FamilyThe 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. It also provides guidance with probate court processes and referrals to legal resources. Optional: Individual Family Meetings: $100Facilitator: Julie O’Brien, MEd, LMHC
We continue to expand our educational opportunities for professional training. At our Lexington clinic, we currently participate in the training of Harvard medical students, MGH pediatric residents, MGH neurology residents, MGH/McLean psychiatry residents, and McLean neuropsychology fellows, including our own neuropsychology postdoctoral fellowship specializing in ASD.
If you have questions about educational opportunities through the Lurie Center, please email us at LurieCenter@partners.org.
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