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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 […]

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GAINing Mastery

August 30, 2019

As autism prevalence rates continue to rise, the demand for trained diagnosticians continues to increase dramatically. However, once diagnosticians are trained in the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2nd edition (ADOS-2), which is the gold-standard autism diagnostic test, they may spend years […]

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Through Their Eyes

August 9, 2019

Diagnosing children with autism as early and as efficiently as possible has always been a great challenge for autism providers and for families. Despite, or perhaps because of, the increased awareness of autism, waitlists for diagnostic evaluations by trained clinicians […]

Searching for Footprints

August 7, 2019

A “golden goose” of the autism research world is finding a screening test that can accurately and efficiently identify autism risk in patients early in life so that they can receive treatment and resources as soon as possible. Clarifi ASD, […]

Romancing the Spectrum

August 7, 2019

Aging from adolescence into young adulthood brings many changes. Everyone experiences physical and emotional changes brought on by puberty, such as an increased interest in pursuing romantic relationships with peers. However, it often is unclear how neurodevelopmental disorders such as […]

A Fair Affair

August 7, 2019

Over the years, one of the primary reasons that the Thompson Center has excelled in producing field-advancing, nationally recognized research is our access to experts in dozens of fields across the University of Missouri campus. This access, along with a […]

From Acne to Autism

August 7, 2019

Improving social communication skill and ability is one of the primary hopes for autism treatment providers. Progress can be achieved with behavioral treatment such as Applied Behavior Analysis. However, improving social communication using pharmaceuticals has, to this point, had limited […]