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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 […]

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 […]