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Thompson Center Trainees Learn the “Value of Flexibility”

February 25, 2019

Last fall, the Thompson Center welcomed a record 13 psychology student trainees to learn and take part in diagnosing autism under the direct, clinical supervision of the center’s nationally recognized psychologists and neuropsychologists. Now several months into their training programs, […]

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Scanning for Sensitivity

February 11, 2019

Many children with autism experience hypersensitivity to visual, auditory or tactile cues such as bright lights, loud noises or hot, cold or vibrating objects. This hypersensitivity can make it difficult for children and families to experience new things, such as […]

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Growing from a SEED

February 11, 2019

Identifying what factors create risks for autism, as well as protect against autism, is one of the most important goals in the field of autism research. The Thompson Center is helping to advance this goal through its participation in the […]

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A Dynamite Database Shift

February 11, 2019

Faster. Cheaper. Easier. Three goals of any modern organization. When Thompson Center leaders first approached the idea of making a database change for the center, their primary goals were to allow for a faster clinic patient intake process that ultimately […]

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An Interest in Interests

February 11, 2019

People with autism have restricted and repetitive behaviors that can be characterized by intense interests or preoccupations in specific objects or topics. Often, having unusual preoccupations and specific interests can have both positive and negative impacts. Sometimes specific and unique […]

Researcher Spotlight: Dr. David Beversdorf

February 11, 2019

Who: Dr. David Beversdorf, William and Nancy Thompson Endowed Chair of Radiology, professor of radiology, neurology and psychology, MU School of Medicine. Bio: Dr. Beversdorf grew up in Bloomington, IN and received his bachelor’s and medical degrees from Indiana University. […]

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Doing By Seeing

February 11, 2019

“There is no substitute for experience.” It’s a time-worn adage that has proven itself many times, especially in the educational sphere. Dr. Casey Clay, an assistant professor of special education at the University of Missouri College of Education and the […]

Raising Laughs

February 11, 2019

The Diagnosis Relocating your family to a new city can be a challenge during the best of times. In May 2011, the Madigans had just moved from the Lake of the Ozarks to Columbia as a result of a work […]

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Reaching for the Summit

February 8, 2019

Autism research is making great strides internationally in places such as Europe and Canada, due in large part to large, collaborative research systems established in those areas. These systems allow researchers across continents to share knowledge and work together toward […]

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A Dress for Santa’s Helper

February 8, 2019

Many kids look forward to Christmas: the music, the decorations, the lights, the presents, Santa. For Sam Haworth, Christmas is a year-round affair. “Sam loves Christmas and has a tree in her room all year round,” said Denise, Sam’s mother. […]