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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, […]

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Sweating for science

November 5, 2019

MU researcher uses sweat monitors to predict behavioral issues in adolescents severely affected with autism Oct. 10, 2019 Contact: Brian Consiglio, 573-882-9144, consigliob@missouri.edu COLUMBIA, Mo. – When people become stressed, their bodies can respond by sweating. Now, researchers at the […]

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Exclusive Inclusivity

October 2, 2019

The Thompson Center prides itself on creating an open and accessible environment for people of all abilities. No group illustrates this commitment better than Thompson Center Applied Behavior Intervention Services (ABIS) team, which was recently awarded the Lee Henson Award […]

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Long-Lasting Success Begins with Early Action

October 2, 2019

As autism awareness around the country continues to improve, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis rates are rapidly climbing, especially among young children. An early diagnosis of autism encourages families to access necessary resources as soon as possible. One essential benefit […]

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“Seeing” a Problem

September 4, 2019

Providing health care for children with autism can be a challenge for both families and health care providers. Not only does autism often come with comorbid health issues, such as digestive and sleep problems, but many children on the spectrum […]

Student Spotlight — Meet Landon Kirlin

August 30, 2019

Growing up in Bolivar, Mo., Landon Kirlin has had experience with people with mental health and special needs for all his life. Being raised with family members, friends and classmates with special needs, he has known he wanted work in […]