University of Missouri
205 Portland Street
Columbia, MO 65211


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

Medical Information Form (ask for a free Medipal at the center!)

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.

Guide to Picky Eaters Watch this hour-long webinar with Thompson Center nutrition and occupational therapy experts for tips and tricks to help your picky eater eat more healthily.

Missouri’s Early Care & Education Connections makes navigating Missouri’s Early Care & Education (ECE) system easier for families and professionals. This website is a partnership between Missouri’s child-serving agencies who are working together to make it easier for families to access programs and resources for children from birth through age five. These agencies are also aligning policies and coordinating practices to make it easier for professionals to find information and training opportunities aimed at engaging families in their child’s safety, health and learning.

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.

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.

Catatonia Impact Scale measures the frequency and impact of catatonia on patients and families.

Bush-Francis Catatonia Rating Scale rates the presence and severity of catatonia.

Resume Builder’s Resume and Employment Guide for People with Disabilities has information for people with disabilities who are searching for a job.

The Autism Project’s Roll Call Videos. These videos were created to inform public safety personnel on strategies to better engage with autistic people and their caregivers during emergencies that are often stressful for all.