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Smashing the Record (Again!)

The Thompson Center experienced another incredible success at it’s 13th annual Thompson Center Autism Conference, once again smashing the attendance record! This year, 568 autism professionals from around the country attended the conference to connect with and learn from the leading autism experts in the nation. This breaks last year’s previous record of 496 attendees!

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Dr. Julie Lounds Taylor delivers the Friday keynote address at the Thompson Center Autism Conference.

 

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Conference attendees enjoy a cocktail hour at the Research Poster Session, learning about amazing new advances in autism research.

 

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A researcher discusses her research poster with a conference attendee.

 

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A researcher discusses his research on autism with conference attendees.

As a part of this year’s conference, the Thompson Center hosted several pre-conference sessions to help advance important areas of autism training and education. These included the St. Louis Parent Conference, where parents learned from Thompson Center experts about how to best care for and raise children on the spectrum and the ECHO Autism Summit, where leaders of the ECHO Autism program gathered to discuss best practices and ways to expand moving forward. Also featured was an ADOS training session, where Thompson Center leaders helped train practitioners on how to best implement the gold-standard autism diagnostic test. Finally, the Thompson Foundation for Autism hosted an Ask the Experts panel, where several Thompson Center experts answered questions from the audience about autism, including treatment methods, education and current and future research in the area.

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Parents learn from Thompson Center experts at the STL Parent Conference.

 

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Parents learn from Thompson Center experts at the STL Parent Conference.

 

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Thompson Center training expert Cortney Fish gives a presentation at the STL Parent Conference.

 

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Leaders of ECHO Autism discuss the future of the program at the ECHO Autism Summit.

 

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The Thompson Center’s Dr. Kristin Sohl and former Thompson Center faculty member Dr. Micah Mazurek discuss ECHO Autism at the ECHO Autism Summit.

 

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Thompson Center experts train practitioners on how to best use the ADOS test, the gold-standard autism diagnostic test.

 

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Autism practitioners learn how to best use the ADOS test, the gold-standard autism diagnostic test.

 

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Thompson Center Executive Director Dr. Stephen Kanne instructs practitioners on how to best use the ADOS test, the gold-standard autism diagnostic test.

 

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Thompson Center experts answer questions in front of a crowd at the Ask the Experts panel.

 

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Thompson Center Executive Director Dr. Stephen Kanne moderates the Ask the Experts panel.

 

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Thompson Center ABA expert Dr. Casey Clay answers a question about behavior analysis at the Ask the Experts panel.

 

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Thompson Center special education expert Dr. Karen O’Connor answers a question at the Ask the Experts panel.