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COVID-19 Safety Guidelines for Patients and Staff

May 7, 2020

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Thompson Center has enacted several new safety guidelines for in-person clinic visits. These guidelines are meant to keep our patients, their families, and our staff as safe as possible. If your family has […]

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Social learning during social distancing

April 13, 2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic, families around the world are looking for ways to help further their children’s education. This process can be especially stressful for families with children with autism who might be missing vital services. Eliminating their access to […]

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Autism Prevalence Rate Increases

April 3, 2020

Lost in the shuffle of the current global pandemic, the CDC in March released a study causing the organization to increase their estimate of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) prevalence to one in 54 children. This changes the CDC’s previous prevalence […]

Thompson Center Expands Online Visits!

March 27, 2020

Would you like to schedule an appointment with your Thompson Center provider? During this time of social distancing, we are now offering video visits with many of our providers, including from our medical clinics and ABA! Check in, receive advice […]

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WISC Away the Time

February 25, 2020

For decades, neuropsychologists have used the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC) test as the gold-standard IQ test to determine the intellectual abilities of children with special needs. However, this comprehensive test takes more than hour—sometimes two hours—to complete and […]

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Hiding in Plain Sight

February 25, 2020

At its roots, autism is a social communication disorder, which often makes it difficult for people with ASD to communicate with others and function appropriately in social situations. To combat these challenges, adolescents and adults with autism often learn how […]

Researcher Spotlight: Dr. Christina McCrae

February 25, 2020

Who: Dr. Christina S. McCrae, professor in the MU Department of Psychiatry and director of the MizZzou Sleep Research Lab. Bio: Dr. McCrae grew up in Mifflintown, Pennsylvania and earned her undergraduate degree from Penn State University before earning her […]

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Trials by Fire

February 19, 2020

Since its inception in 2005, the University of Missouri Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders has served as a national leader in autism research, advancing the field by improving diagnostic measures, identifying genetic markers that cause autism, and developing […]

Faculty Spotlight: Meet Dr. Jennifer Weyman

January 3, 2020

For as long as she can remember, autism has always played a role in Jennifer Weyman’s life. “Growing up in Miami, my very best friend from a young age had a brother diagnosed with autism,” Weyman said. “I spent so […]

Faculty Spotlight: Meet Dr. Ben Black

January 3, 2020

From upstate New York to the heart of mid-Missouri, Dr. Ben Black has had many stops along his journey. However, his passion for children with special needs has been the constant driving force that has directed him to the Thompson […]