Improved Family Support
MU, the state, and private companies are working to build a center that Missouri families can turn to first for answers, because children, like Austin Castle, need help early.
"We have been seeking help and treatment for him since he was two," said Sheila Castle, Austin's mom.
But that help isn't always easy to find.
"We knew that there was something that wasn't quite right and we knew that we needed help," said Castle. "But it took until he was about seven before we figured out what that help needs to look like."
The Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders has been supporting Families like the Castles since July.
Now it's gone one step further by introducing a new facility which will make it easier for families to find answers.
"We now have an interdisciplinary program which involves research, teaching and service for children and youth with autism and neurodevelomental disorders," said Janet, Farmer, Thompson Center Director. "But the special thing is, it is all under one roof."
Which is a big step from clinics scattered all over the campus.
"The medical people that we have here, the psychologists, occupational therapist, speech and language pathologist, physical therapy will be available and so it special education," said Farmer
All that and something extra for families, additional support. And that support can go a long way.
Since July, the Thompson Center has seen 4500 families.