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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.
Our on-site Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech-Language Therapy Services are provided by Spaulding Rehabilitation specialists:
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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
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 a Picky EaterWednesday, November 146:30 - 7:30pmLurie and Spaulding Multidisciplinary TeamJust in time for the holidays, our interdisciplinary team will share tips on how to navigate holiday dinners successfully.
Monthly Caregiver Workshops
Newly diagnosed Monthly, 1st & 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 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/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. Optional: Individual Family Meetings: $100Facilitator: Julie O’Brien, MEd, LMHC
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
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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, 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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Lurie Center & MGH Aspire staff published in new SAGE Encyclopedias - 3/16/2018, MGH Lurie Center & MGH Aspire We are delighted to announced that numerous staff members of the Lurie Center and MGH Aspire have authored chapters of the 2018 SAGE Encyclopedia of Intellectual and Developmental Disorders. Click here to see the full list of authors.
New research published in The Journal of Neuroscience through Lurie Center research project - 3/6/2018, Harvard Medical SchoolIn 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.
London Family Looks to Emulate the Lurie Center's Model in the UK and Beyond 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.
Making the Hospital Accessible for Individuals with Autism - 12/31/2016The 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.
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.
The art of inclusion - 3/21/2014, Mass General When Billy Megargel was searching for his voice, he found it in his paintings.
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.
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.
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.
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Lurie Center for Autism Director
Lurie Center Medical Director
Family Support Specialists
Senior Behavioral Consultant
The mission of the Lurie Center for Autism is to advance knowledge of the causes of and treatments for autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disorders and rapidly translate these discoveries into exceptional clinical care over a lifetime.
The Lurie Center for Autism is involved in collaborations with basic science researchers from around the globe to discover the fundamental causes of autism. At the Lurie Center, our Lexington based clinic that provides clinical care and clinical research, we offer children and adults with autism spectrum disorders an opportunity to participate in clinical research that provides unprecedented access to new and promising treatment options.
At the Lurie Center, we integrate research into our clinical practice. We partner with individuals and families to incorporate groundbreaking research into the heart of our clinical practice. 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.
Read about our current Lurie Center projects that are seeking volunteers:
To learn more about currently available research opportunities at the Lurie Center, please contact our research office:
For more information about clinical research participation, visit the following links.
Lurie Center for Autism
*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.
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To contact the MGH Aspire Program, please call 781-860-1900.
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