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Supporting the Spectrum

Thompson Center

Welcome to Supporting the Spectrum: a podcast designed to bring you news about research, services, and supports for children with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders and their families. Supporting the Spectrum is hosted by the University of Missouri’s Thompson Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders Training and Education Division (TED). This podcast is brought to you by Training Experts in Autism for Missouri (TEAM) project sponsored by the Missouri Department of Mental Health. Though the topics discussed are geared towards families and professionals providing direct support to individuals with autism, we encourage all to listen. We hope that the conversations shared will provide insight and generate new ideas on how we as a community can create and embrace more inclusive experiences for all.

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30: Regional Center Support
Feb 23 2022
30: Regional Center Support
Eligibility Information: of Autism/Autism Project info: of Missouri Association of County Developmental Disability Services (MACDDS). Some County Boards contract with DMH to provide county based Targeted Case Management services (like BCFR).  You can click on the yellow counties and it will take you to that County Board’s website.
30: Regional Center Support
Feb 23 2022
30: Regional Center Support
Eligibility Information: of Autism/Autism Project info: of Missouri Association of County Developmental Disability Services (MACDDS). Some County Boards contract with DMH to provide county based Targeted Case Management services (like BCFR).  You can click on the yellow counties and it will take you to that County Board’s website.
29: Constipation
Feb 9 2022
29: Constipation
In this episode of Supporting the Spectrum, Shawna Shelton, registered nurse and nurse clinician at the University of Missouri’s Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, discusses common causes and treatment approaches for constipation.
28: The ABA Controversy
Jan 26 2022
28: The ABA Controversy
In this episode of Supporting the Spectrum, Cortney Fish, a licensed behavior analyst at the Thompson Center, discusses the debate of using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Common concerns related to the use of ABA are explained and misperceptions clarified.
27: STRIVE, a Post-Secondary Program for Transition Skills Development
Jan 12 2022
27: STRIVE, a Post-Secondary Program for Transition Skills Development
In this episode of Supporting the Spectrum, Jaclyn Benigno, STRIVE Program Coordinator and Cortney Fish, Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Training Core Manager at the Thompson Center, share about the program Self-Determined Transition Readiness Through Individual Vocational Experiences (STRIVE). Benigno and Fish provide information about the program, discuss its success, and share additional transition resources.
26: Vocational Rehabilitation
Dec 29 2021
26: Vocational Rehabilitation
In this episode of Supporting the Spectrum, Luke Daily, a licensed social worker and Assistant District Supervisor at Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), discusses how VR provides individuals with disabilities support towards employment goals. He provides an overview of the services available through VR, information on how and when to access those services, and additional resources to consider while preparing for transition.
25: Bullying
Dec 15 2021
25: Bullying
In this episode of Supporting the Spectrum, Dr. Chad Rose, Associate Professor at the University of Missouri and Director of the Mizzou Ed Bully Prevention Lab, discusses bullying, bullying prevention, and response. Dr. Rose shares his expert knowledge, including advice, information, and resources to both prevent bullying and support students who have experienced bullying.
24: Supporting Sleep
Dec 1 2021
24: Supporting Sleep
In this episode of Supporting the Spectrum, Shawna Shelton, registered nurse and nurse clinician at the University of Missouri’s Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, discusses common sleep challenges of children with autism. She provides practical advice to families on both strategies to try and who to turn to for additional support.
23: COVID-19 Vaccine Safety
Nov 17 2021
23: COVID-19 Vaccine Safety
In this episode of Supporting the Spectrum, Dr. Benjamin Black, Director of Medical Services and Assistant Professor of Clinical Child Health, discusses what we know about the COVID-19 vaccination, and implications for children with autism. He further dives into explaining where misinformation about vaccines and autism originated from. Additionally, Brittany Schmitz, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, provides helpful tips on how to prepare a child for a vaccination.
22: Autism and Anxiety
Nov 3 2021
22: Autism and Anxiety
In this episode of Supporting the Spectrum, Kerri Nowell, PhD, Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Missouri's Thompson Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders discusses anxiety in children with autism. Dr. Nowell shares the range of symptom presentation and discusses the evaluation process and treatments.
21: Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
Oct 20 2021
21: Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
In this episode of Supporting the Spectrum, Michelle Dampf, MA, CCC-SLP and Megan Henzel, MOT, OTR/L, ATP discuss the use of Augmentative, Alternative, Communication (AAC) with children with autism. They share about AAC readiness, myths of using AAC, and what to expect during the evaluation process.
20: Severe Behavior Clinic
Oct 6 2021
20: Severe Behavior Clinic
In this episode of Supporting the Spectrum, Jennifer Weyman, PhD, BCBA, LBA, shares about the Severe Behavior Clinic at the Thompson Center.
19: Classroom Consultations: How We Support, and What We Have Learned
Sep 22 2021
19: Classroom Consultations: How We Support, and What We Have Learned
In this episode of Supporting the Spectrum, Brooke Barnes, MA, Special Educator and Training Specialist and Jena Randolph, PhD, Assistant Professor in Special Education discuss the use of the Autism Program Environment Rating Scale (APERS), an assessment tool developed by the National Professional Development Center to assess the quality indicators of education programs for youth with autism. They discuss the trends in classroom settings and how these patterns have informed the trainings offered by the Thompson Center.
18: The Thompson Center’s Medical Clinic
Sep 8 2021
18: The Thompson Center’s Medical Clinic
In this episode of Supporting the Spectrum, Dr. Benjamin Black, Director of Medical Services and Assistant Professor of Clinical Child Health, discusses pediatric medical support for children with autism. He provides information on the Thompson Center’s medical clinic, and how it differs from services provided by primary care physicians. Discussion and resources are provided on common medical concerns related to medication, sleep, behavior, and more.
17: Supporting Homework and Writing Challenges
Aug 25 2021
17: Supporting Homework and Writing Challenges
In this episode of Supporting the Spectrum, Lea Ann Lowery, and Occupational Therapist, and Clinical Professor at the University of Missouri, gives advice on how to support difficulties with their homework and written assignments. Taking a strengths-based approach, Dr. Lowery discusses strategies for success.
16: Language Development in Young Children
Aug 11 2021
16: Language Development in Young Children
In this episode of Supporting the Spectrum, Ashleigh Boyd, MHS, CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist at the University of Missouri’s Thompson Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders discusses language development in young children, both the hallmarks of typical development, and flags that indicate delays. She gives specific attention to distinguishing between delays in speech-language and concerns that are indicative of risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder.
15: The Thompson Center’s Research Core
Jul 28 2021
15: The Thompson Center’s Research Core
In this episode of Supporting the Spectrum, Nicole Takahashi, manager of the research core at the Thompson Center, and Samantha Hunter, research specialist, discuss the current research projects at the center and highlight SPARK, the largest genetic study of autism ever.
14. Toilet Training
Jul 14 2021
14. Toilet Training
In this episode of Supporting the Spectrum, Emma Keicher, behavior analyst, and Brooke Barnes, Special Educator and Training Specialist at the University of Missouri’s Thompson Center problem solve through common toilet training challenges.
13. Learning to Swim
Jun 30 2021
13. Learning to Swim
In this episode of Supporting the Spectrum, Brittney Stevenson, occupational therapist at the University of Missouri, discusses water safety and swim instruction for children on the spectrum.
12. Perspectives of Young Adults with Autism, Part 3: Self Advocacy and Living a Good Life
Jun 16 2021
12. Perspectives of Young Adults with Autism, Part 3: Self Advocacy and Living a Good Life
In this 3-part series, funded by the Allen P. and Josephine B. Green Foundation, five young adults with autism share their perspectives from diagnosis to transition to adulthood. In part 3, the autism self-advocates share their visions of a good life and discuss the importance of self-advocacy.
11. Perspectives of Young Adults with Autism, Part 2: Reflections on the Transition Process
Jun 2 2021
11. Perspectives of Young Adults with Autism, Part 2: Reflections on the Transition Process
In this 3-part series, funded by the Allen P. and Josephine B. Green Foundation, five young adults with autism share their perspectives from diagnosis to transition to adulthood. In part 2, the young adults with autism share reflections on the process of transitioning to adulthood.