University of Missouri
205 Portland Street
Columbia, MO 65211


For Educators

TEAM offers free training for Special and General Education Teachers (K-12), First Steps Providers, Early Childhood Teachers, Educational Administration, and Support Staff in Missouri who want to support improved educational outcomes for children with autism.


Web-Based Educator Professional Development

Free Monthly Professional Development Series  

School psychologists and educators in the state of Missouri are eligible to participate in monthly online groups to discuss cases of students with autism. Using the Extension For Community Health Care Outcomes (ECHO) framework for training, the Thompson Center expert panel will facilitate the presentation of a participant submitted case to provide considerations and recommendations.


Autism Program and Classroom Consultation

The purpose of the consultation is to provide individualized professional development for classrooms that are currently supporting students with autism. The consultation includes the use of the Autism Program Environment Rating Scale (APERS) to identify programming components that are going well and areas for growth. Following the use of the APERS, feedback will be provided to the educator, as well as an option for continued FREE training to improve programming.

District Level Training

We provide large-group trainings at the district level for a range of topics listed below. We can also coordinate follow-up with key district support personnel for consultation, feedback, and to provide tools to structure programming and monitor intervention fidelity.

Classroom Level Training

For groups large and small, we provide tools to structure programs and monitor the quality of classroom interventions through trainings on the topics listed below. We also provide tailored follow-up with coaching, modeling, and feedback on interventions with each school personnel in the group, either in person or via video observation.

Social Competence Intervention

Join a one-day training session for implementing the Social Competence Intervention
curriculum into your program with education experts at the Thompson Center.

SCI is a group-based social skills program for individuals with high-functioning autism and similar
social skills. Separate programs exist for elementary and adolescent students.

Training is FREE with curriculum purchase.

Order the Social Competence Curricula

For additional information and upcoming training dates, contact Louis Nevins at, 573.884.1619