Governor honors the Foundation and partners for new Autism intervention guide

Recognized people standing in the State Capitol

In a ceremony at the State Capitol, Governor Jay Nixon issued a proclamation recognizing the success of the latest publication of the Missouri Autism Guidelines Initiative. From left: Director of Missouri Department of Insurance John Huff with Initiative members Lee Falk, Jenny Frisbee, Marilyn Cox, Joan Armstrong, Vicki McCarrell, Al Eberhard, Ron Ashworth, Governor Jay Nixon, Bernie Simons, Keenan Stump, Gay Tompkins, Stephen Barr, Micah Mazurek, Janet Farmer, Julie LePage and Susan Henderson and Kit Glover.

In recognition of the Thompson Foundation’s leadership and statewide partnership, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon hosted members of the Missouri Autism Guidelines Initiative in a September ceremony in the State Capitol. The Initiative recently published its second book, Autism Spectrum Disorders: Guide to Evidence-based Interventions.

The publication is the first of its kind, summarizing six recent nationally recognized systematic research reviews of evidence-based ASD interventions and has gotten positive reviews from professionals from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Autism Speaks. The project is sponsored by the Thompson Foundation for Autism, the Missouri Department of Mental Health, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and Mercy Children’s Hospital in St. Louis and Springfield.

The Guide is designed to help families, healthcare providers and educators make informed decisions about selecting and implementing ASD interventions. In addition to summarizing research reviews, the publication includes input from parents and professionals representing the knowledge and perspectives of families, educators, healthcare professionals, and community-based service providers. Using a framework of evidence-based practice, the Guide outlines the intervention process, works to clarify the process and encourages collaboration between families and various service providers.

In addition to the full Guide, a 16-page summary is now available, explaining key concepts of the Guide and providing page references for quick access to important information. Printed copies can be ordered or downloaded at no cost at www.autismguidelines.dmh.mo.gov.

The Missouri Autism Guidelines Initiative is a collaboration between 50 parents and professionals with ASD experience who are working together to improve outcomes for those with ASDs. The Guide is the Initiative’s second publication, following a compilation of best practice guidelines for screening, diagnosis ad assessment published in 2010 which can also be downloaded at no cost, thanks to a grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health.

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