Prepare your child for an appointment at the Thompson Center by showing him/her these social narratives prior to your visit (click below). These are also available at our front desk.
For a general appointment: Going to the TC
For a diagnostic evaluation: My Evaluation Appointment
To prepare for weight, blood pressure, and height checks: Vitals
To prepare for getting blood drawn: Blood Draw
To inform about our facility dog, Rhett: Meeting Rhett
The Missouri Rapid Response Initiative has put together information about signs and symptoms of autism spectrum disorders. For a printable brochure of information including, facts, signs, and resources, please click here.
An autism spectrum diagnosis can be an overwhelming diagnosis for families. Fortunately, there are groups, supports, and resources available throughout the state of Missouri. For information about resources in the Central Missouri region, please click here.
Navigating Autism Services: A Community Guide for Missouri published by the Missouri Office of autism Services is a navigation guide to help people understand the services available for people with autism in Missouri, how to access these services, and where to start.
Missouri Families for Effective Autism Treatment (MO-FEAT) is an organization of concerned parents, practitioners, and educators who volunteer their experience and expertise to serve this population of individuals affected by autism and their families. MO-FEAT’s mission is to provide advocacy, education, and support for families and the autism community, and to support early diagnosis and effective treatment.
Missouri Autism Guidelines Initiative (MAGI) is sponsored by the Thompson Foundation for autism; the Division of Developmental Disabilities, Missouri Department of Mental Health; the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; and Mercy Children’s Hospital – St. Louis and Springfield. These project sponsors were brought together by their shared belief that current research and scientific data would help inform parents and professionals for earlier, more accurate screening, diagnosis, assessment and intervention for autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).
Missouri Division of Developmental Disabilities Regional Offices provide support coordination and work with individuals, families and providers. The regional offices, the primary points of entry into the system, provide assessment and case management services, which include coordination of each Individual Support Plan.
Autism Speaks is an organization of parents, clinicians and leading scientists committed to accelerating the pace of biomedical research in autism through raising money for research projects, education and outreach.
Autism Speaks Toolkits Autism Speaks offers a catalogue of toolkits that offer practical advice for parents and practitioners working with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The catalogue includes titles on sleep, medicine for challenging behaviors, blood work, visual supports and dental visits.
Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network is a collaboration of medical centers dedicated to providing families with state of the art, multidisciplinary care. The ATN was established to provide a place for families to go for high quality, coordinated medical care for children and adolescents with autism and associated conditions.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) “Learn the Signs. Act Early” program aims to improve early identification of children with autism and other developmental disabilities so children and families can get the services and support they need as early as possible.
Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) is a research campaign within the Simons Foundation’s overall suite of programs with a mission to improve the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders by funding innovative research of the highest quality and relevance.
The Interactive Autism Network (IAN) is an innovative online project bringing together people affected by autism spectrum disorders and researchers in a search for answers. Individuals with an ASD and their families can share information in a secure setting to become part of the largest online autism research effort. The data collected by IAN both facilitates scientific research and empowers autism community leaders to advocate for improved services and resources.
The Interactive Autism Network (IAN) Frequently Asked Questions About Autism Wendy Chung, M.D., Ph.D., responds to frequently asked questions about autism spectrum disorder and the state of autism science research.
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) explains signs and symptoms of autism spectrum disorders.