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Problem behaviors linked with gastrointestinal issues in children with autism

August 7, 2019

Story contributor: Brian Consiglio, MU News Bureau Many children and adolescents with autism often exhibit problem behaviors, such as aggression, as well as experience gastrointestinal (GI) issues, especially constipation. In a new study published in Frontiers in Psychiatry, researchers from […]

Researcher Spotlight: Dr. Nancy Cheak-Zamora

August 7, 2019

Who: Dr. Nancy Cheak-Zamora, an associate professor in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of Missouri School of Health Professions. Bio: Dr. Cheak-Zamora grew up in Smithville, Texas and earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s […]

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2019 INSAR in Review

August 2, 2019

This spring, Thompson Center autism experts and researchers joined thousands of international autism research experts in Montreal, Canada at the 2019 International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) annual meeting. Every year, INSAR brings together the world’s leading autism researchers to […]

Thompson Center experts lead the way in Delaware

July 9, 2019

Newark, DE — Experts and other stakeholders in the Delaware autism community are taking action to improve diagnostic practices for autism, which has risen in prevalence by 80% in Delaware over the last decade. Delaware-specific guidelines will be created to […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]