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Let’s Get Physical!

July 12, 2018

One of the most common co-occurring symptoms for children with autism is anxiety. Chronic anxiety not only can lower quality of life for children and their families, but it can lead to depression as well. While anxiety can be treated […]

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An ECHO Heard ‘Round the World

July 5, 2018

Across the country, waitlists for autism diagnostic services at centers such as the Thompson Center are months, sometimes years, long. This problem is not unique to the United States. Globally, there is a shortage of autism experts and even simple […]

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Thompson Center experts find Autism screening tool effective

July 5, 2018

When a family, doctor or teacher suspects a child has autism, they look to diagnostic experts to determine the diagnosis. However, waiting for a diagnostic appointment can be agonizing – and long. Across the U.S., the average wait time for […]

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AIM-ing High

July 5, 2018

Many forms of treatment exist that can potentially help improve some social and behavioral deficits for children with autism. However, it is often difficult for autism service providers to determine how successful a treatment is for a specific child. “Every […]

Picking Up the Picky Eaters

July 3, 2018

A common symptom for many children with autism is food aversion, commonly known as picky eating. This type of extreme picky eating can lead to an unbalanced and unhealthy diet if a child refuses to eat foods such as fruits, […]

Researcher Spotlight: Dr. Kerri Nowell

July 3, 2018

Dr. Kerri Nowell’s experiences with disability began early in her life. Growing up as one of six children, Nowell’s younger brother was born with a hearing impairment. Nowell credits these early experiences with helping develop her passion for working with […]

A SPARK of Hope

July 3, 2018

SPARK is a large, online, national research initiative working to bring together a community of individuals with autism and their families. The primary goal of SPARK is to identify the hundreds of genes suspected to be contributing to autism and […]

2018 INSAR In Review

July 3, 2018

This spring, Thompson Center autism experts joined hundreds of the leading international autism research experts in Rotterdam, Netherlands at the 2018 International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) annual meeting. Every year, INSAR brings together the world’s leading autism researchers to […]

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A “First Class” First Class

May 31, 2018

Within a few days of beginning an internship at the Thompson Center as a part of her undergraduate degree, Brittany Schmitz knew without a doubt that she wanted to be a behavior analyst. “I just loved being able to use […]