At the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, children receive comprehensive diagnostic, medical and behavioral evaluations by medical professionals with expertise in pediatrics, psychology, neurology and psychiatry.
This comprehensive approach offers families help and hope as they adjust to the challenges of ASD. Clinical services include:
Autism Diagnostic Entry Clinic – the primary entry point for children ages 3 to 18.
Autism Toddler Assessment Clinic – an interdisciplinary clinic serving infants and children younger than age 3.
Child Development Clinics – three specialty clinics supporting children with special healthcare needs.
Child Neuropsychology Clinic – clinic using cognitive and behavioral tests and caregiver interviews to evaluate children and young adults.
Clinical Assessment Team – diagnostic and consultation services to establish a comprehensive treatment plan for interventions.
Family Resource Services
Children diagnosed with ASD require more help in the form of medical, educational, mental health and family-support services. Because parents often report that it is hard to find and coordinate these services for their children, the Thompson Center offers Family Resource Services, to link families with vital information and resources.
Family Resource Services has two important components: information/care coordination and family mentoring.
Information/Care Coordination assigns a support specialist to work with individual families to help identify each child’s specific needs and develop a detailed plan to meet those needs.
Because many families come to the Thompson Center from outside the immediate area, follow-up care is provided to ensure that they are effectively linked with resources available in their home communities.
Family Mentoring is a valuable asset for families dealing with the challenges of an ASD diagnosis. Importantly, the service helps parents and family members connect with other families for emotional support and understanding. Mentors are volunteers who receive training through the Sharing Our Strengths (SOS) peer-mentor program, based at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
The Thompson Foundation provides the following resources as a reference tool for the community. Information listed on this site should not be interpreted as a recommendation, referral or endorsement of any method, treatment, organization, product or professional. We urge you to use independent judgment and request references when considering any resource associated with diagnosis or treatment of autism or the provision of services related to autism. Read our legal disclaimer.
Facts & Information:
- National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: Autism Fact Sheet
- Kennedy Krieger Institute
- National Institute of Mental Health: Autism Disorders
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC): About Autism
- Autism Spectrum Disorders: Guide to Evidence-based Interventions
- MO-FEAT: Missouri Families For Effective Autism Treatment
- First Steps: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Program
- Judevine Center for Autism
- Missouri Autism Coalition
- Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders at the University of Missouri
- Easter Seals: Missouri Statistics on Autism
- Central Missouri Regional Office of Care of Developmental Disabilities
- Squag: a social platform designed specifically for tweens and teens on the autism spectrum