University of Missouri
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Columbia, MO 65211


Training Specialist Spotlight: Meet Cortney Fish

The Training Core provides trainings for a wide variety of groups including educators, BCBAs, medical providers, community agencies, and parents/caregivers. In addition to our trainings, we also do school classroom consultations, facilitate our STRIVE program for young adults with autism and work with businesses through the Autism Friendly Business Program. One of our newest projects is the Supporting the Spectrum Podcast which you can listen to on our website or the Apple Podcast App.  

This month, we will met our amazing training specialists and learn a little bit more about them and why they are passionate about working with children with autism!

What’s your name?

Cortney Fish

Where did you grow up?

Columbia, MO

What is your position at the Thompson Center?

Training Core Manager

How long have you worked at the Thompson Center?

A total of 7 years

What got you interested in working with autism?

In high school I worked with a young boy with autism and saw the impact that autism had on his family. He was so creative, funny, and had the best relationship with his mom and sister. It was also difficult to see him become frustrated and have a hard time communicating and his mom wanted nothing more than to hear him talk. The complexity of autism captivated me then but it’s the wonderful families and individuals that I get to work with that inspire me now.

What is your favorite thing about working at the Thompson Center?

Every single person is so great at what they do. Working with such high performing colleagues pushes me to be my absolute best. We also know how to have a good time and Pie in the Face and our annual Halloween Costume Contest are some of my favorite memories.