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the inaugural experiential learning class along with Thompson Center staff take a group photo

Innovation Through Experience; Solutions Through Creativity

June 4, 2019

Leaders at the MU Thompson Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders take pride in the fact that the Center is on the forefront nationally in autism treatment, research and training. But even national leaders can find ways to improve “business […]

Kathleen Madigan and Lewis Black pose with MU chancellor Alexander Cartwright and his wife.

Hilarity for Charity

June 4, 2019

It was yet another amazing night of hilarity for charity benefiting the Thompson Center when nationally renowned comedians Kathleen Madigan and Lewis Black, joined by their friend Jeff Stilson, performed to a packed Missouri Theatre on May 6. Check out […]

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Our Super Leader

April 30, 2019

It was a night of caped crusaders… but not we’re not talking about the new Avengers movie! Dr. Stephen Kanne, executive director of the Thompson Center, received a Super award from the St. Louis Arc this spring. The Arc named […]

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, […]

a woman puts a patient into the MRI

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. […]

A photo of Dr. Clay watching a student train on the virtual reality simulator

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 […]