The University of Missouri and the Thompson Center offer a variety of educational and training opportunities for students, including internships, doctoral training opportunities, and post-doctoral fellowships as well as master’s degree programs through the MU College of Education.
These opportunities include rotations for medical students in child behavioral pediatrics and psychiatry. There are also a number of training opportunities for students interested in psychology, neuropsychology, occupational therapy and other health professions.
Training in Interdisciplinary Partnerships and Services (TIPS) for Kids is the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) training program in Missouri. The LEND program provides intensive training for advanced graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in the field of neurodevelopmental disabilities, particularly autism. The core training consists of three hundred hours over the course of an academic year.
The Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program at the University of Missouri trains students to be exceptional behavior analysts with the skills to improve quality of life for people with behavioral challenges, including children and adults with developmental needs. Central to this program is a collaboration with the Thompson Center, which serves as the primary practicum site, which provides an exceptional experiential learning opportunity working with individuals with developmental needs.
This online master’s degree in autism from MU helps students increase the knowledge and skills needed to work effectively with children and youth with autism and their families.
STRIVE is a post-secondary education program offering two semesters of non-credit employment and life skills development at the University of Missouri for 18-to-30-year-olds with autism or a similar diagnosis.