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Family Spotlight – Meet the Karrers

August 15, 2018

When Leslie and Mason Karrer first married 11 years ago, the Thompson Center was still very much in its infancy. Had a close family member not lived in Columbia and mentioned the center offhand to the Karrers years before their […]

Student Spotlight — Mark Tapia

August 8, 2018

Autism, and helping those on the spectrum, has always been an important part of Mark Tapia’s life. He even plans on making it an integral part of his career. In May 2018, Mark graduated from the University of Missouri with […]

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Supporter Spotlight — Tom and Winnie Davis

July 19, 2018

When Tom and Winnie Davis learned that their young grandson Mason was showing potential signs of autism, their first thought was to look toward to the University of Missouri for help. Being alumni of Mizzou, as well as long-time supporters […]

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Let’s Get Physical!

July 12, 2018

One of the most common co-occurring symptoms for children with autism is anxiety. Chronic anxiety not only can lower quality of life for children and their families, but it can lead to depression as well. While anxiety can be treated […]

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An ECHO Heard ‘Round the World

July 5, 2018

Across the country, waitlists for autism diagnostic services at centers such as the Thompson Center are months, sometimes years, long. This problem is not unique to the United States. Globally, there is a shortage of autism experts and even simple […]

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Thompson Center experts find Autism screening tool effective

July 5, 2018

When a family, doctor or teacher suspects a child has autism, they look to diagnostic experts to determine the diagnosis. However, waiting for a diagnostic appointment can be agonizing – and long. Across the U.S., the average wait time for […]

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AIM-ing High

July 5, 2018

Many forms of treatment exist that can potentially help improve some social and behavioral deficits for children with autism. However, it is often difficult for autism service providers to determine how successful a treatment is for a specific child. “Every […]

Picking Up the Picky Eaters

July 3, 2018

A common symptom for many children with autism is food aversion, commonly known as picky eating. This type of extreme picky eating can lead to an unbalanced and unhealthy diet if a child refuses to eat foods such as fruits, […]

Researcher Spotlight: Dr. Kerri Nowell

July 3, 2018

Dr. Kerri Nowell’s experiences with disability began early in her life. Growing up as one of six children, Nowell’s younger brother was born with a hearing impairment. Nowell credits these early experiences with helping develop her passion for working with […]