University of Missouri
205 Portland Street
Columbia, MO 65211


The Thompson Center is dedicated to the highest standards when making decisions about diagnoses. Misuse of diagnosis can lead to confusion for families and other providers and can lead to improper treatment planning. To ensure careful and evidence-based assessment, Thompson Center uses the Diagnostic Statistical Manual-5th edition (DSM-5) as its guide for assigning specific diagnoses. Two popular diagnoses often given to children include Sensory Processing Disorder and Auditory Processing Disorder. Because clear criteria regarding these conditions are not established, and because they are not included as diagnoses in the DSM-5, the Thompson Center has determined that it is the professional responsibility of our clinicians not to give or recognize either of these when children are seen for diagnostic or treatment programs.

Autism Diagnostic Services

Autism evaluation and diagnostic services for individuals who may have an autism spectrum disorder. Medical and behavioral evaluations of symptoms of an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  Requirements: Concern of ASD without previous medical diagnosis, age >18 months

Psychological Services

Clinical Assessment Team (CAT) is a multi-disciplinary team consisting of psychology, speech/language pathology and occupational therapy that specializes in children with complex symptom presentation in need of comprehensive recommendations. This team can also look at low-risk symptoms of autism (as determined by screening measures). Requirements: Approval from CAT team

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Evaluations provide extensive testing and assessment for determining the presence of ADHD in children and adults (inattention, difficulty completing tasks, distractibility, over activity). Requirements: Age >5+

Cognitive and Learning Evaluations include testing for adaptive behaviors, learning concerns, memory, problem solving and fiscal abilities. Requirements: Age >6+

Pediatric Neuropsychology Clinic provides diagnostic (cognitive and psychological) assessment for children and adolescents with neurological or medical conditions that may affect central nervous system functioning. The results include a cognitive strength/weakness profile and specific treatment recommendations for medical, educational, and social functioning.

Autism Neuropsychology Clinic provides diagnostic (cognitive and psychological) assessment for children and adolescents with autism. The results include a cognitive strength/weakness profile and specific treatment recommendations for medical, educational, and social functioning.

Concussion Neuropsychology Clinic provides early intervention for individuals ages 0-21, through standardized assessment and psychoeducation for cognitive and psychological effects of concussion in the sub-acute stage (from 4 weeks up to 6 month after a concussion).

Autism Medical Care Services

Autism Medical Clinic (AMC) provides treatment and long-term management for individuals who have or are at risk for autism spectrum disorders (ASD). This may include medication management, nutritional evaluation and dietary consultation, diagnostic evaluations to determine causes of autism, and recurrence risk counseling. Requirements: Confirmed ASD diagnosis

Developmental Pediatric Services

Developmental Clinic provides medical assessment and treatment services to children who have or are at risk for developmental delays in areas such as communication, adaptive behavior, cognition, social skills or motor functioning. Requirements: Age 3-14

Special Needs Clinic is a multidisciplinary clinic that serves children with complex needs that would benefit from other services. Requirements: Age 1-14

High-Risk Follow Up Clinic is a multidisciplinary clinic including occupational, physical and speech therapies as well as nutrition services that serves the needs of infants that were premature or had other high risk factors. Requirements: Age birth to 24 months

Cerebral Palsy Clinic provides services for children diagnosed with CP.  This is a multidisciplinary clinic including Physical and Occupational therapy, orthotics, dietary, and assistive technology as well as Physicians from Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Developmental Pediatrics and Orthopedics. Requirements: Ages birth – 18 years