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A Spooky Halloween at the Thompson Center

November 1, 2018

Thompson Center patients, their families, and Thompson Center staff and faculty children had a haunting good time at the Thompson Center Trick or Treat event on Halloween 2018! Take a look at some of the fantastic costumes!

A Game Homecoming

October 30, 2018

Thompson Center patients and their families joined in on the Mizzou Homecoming fun by decorating and riding the Thompson Center parade float. This year’s parade theme featured board games, so to decorate the float, several Thompson Center patients, their families, […]

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Student Spotlight — Meet Deija McLean

October 30, 2018

Deija McLean knew since she was in high school that she wanted to work with children with disabilities. Growing up, she volunteered at a school for children with disabilities and genuinely enjoyed spending time and working with children with special […]

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Smashing the Record (Again!)

October 30, 2018

The Thompson Center experienced another incredible success at it’s 13th annual Thompson Center Autism Conference, once again smashing the attendance record! This year, 568 autism professionals from around the country attended the conference to connect with and learn from the […]

A Heroic Success

October 2, 2018

The Thompson Foundation for Autism held their 12th annual fundraising gala in St. Louis on Sept. 28. The purpose of the annual gala is to raise money to benefit the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. This year’s event […]

A picture of Mason, Leslie and Phoebe Karrer

Family Spotlight – Meet the Karrers

August 15, 2018

When Leslie and Mason Karrer first married 11 years ago, the Thompson Center was still very much in its infancy. Had a close family member not lived in Columbia and mentioned the center offhand to the Karrers years before their […]

Student Spotlight — Mark Tapia

August 8, 2018

Autism, and helping those on the spectrum, has always been an important part of Mark Tapia’s life. He even plans on making it an integral part of his career. In May 2018, Mark graduated from the University of Missouri with […]

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Supporter Spotlight — Tom and Winnie Davis

July 19, 2018

When Tom and Winnie Davis learned that their young grandson Mason was showing potential signs of autism, their first thought was to look toward to the University of Missouri for help. Being alumni of Mizzou, as well as long-time supporters […]