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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 […]

Faculty Spotlight: Meet Dr. Lorraine Becerra

December 3, 2019

When seeking new providers to treat our patients and clients, Thompson Center leadership looks for dedicated, passionate people whose goals closely align with the missions of the Center: clinical care, research and training. When looking to expand the faculty for […]

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Expanding Our Reach

November 7, 2019

For 14 years, the University of Missouri Thompson Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders has built a reputation as one of the pre-eminent autism treatment, research and training centers in the country. Serving as a national leader in the diagnosis, […]