Thompson Center for Autism opens new facility

2 years 9 months 3 weeks ago Friday, September 08 2017 Sep 8, 2017 Friday, September 08, 2017 7:17:00 AM CDT September 08, 2017 in News
By: David Rothchild, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri’s Thompson Center opens its new training and research facility Friday.

The Thompson Center focuses on autism research, patient care and training. Dr. Steve Kanne, executive director at the Thompson Center, said these three components make the center special.

“What’s interesting about the Thompson Center, and what makes it unique across the country, is we actually have three different missions,” he said.

Kanne said they needed a building to be able to support their 40 plus research projects - some of which span across the country.

Kanne also said the new facility will free up room in the current building to better treat patients.

“Every time we opened up a building, we already knew we’d be out of room,” he said. "So even when we opened up in 2010 we already realized we’d be short on space.”

Dr. Jena Randolph, training director at the Thompson Center, said she’s very excited for the new space.

“It’s tripled our capacity - just to be able to bring both care givers and professionals in to learn best practice for working with youth with autism,” she said. “When we designed the space we really kept on the forefront of our minds that not everyone can always come to us for training.”

Randolph said with the new facility’s advanced technology, it will be easier to reach out to people in more remote areas.

“Instead of always having to have people come to us, we can now use the technology that we have here in the new building, to make sure that they can stay right where they’re at, and get access to experts in the field,” she said.

Kanne expressed his gratitude for the new building.

“A place like this can’t exist without the support of the community, and without the support of the state and without the support of the generous donations that we get,” he said.

The facility’s grand opening features tours, presentations and a raffle.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Mayor Brian Treece gave an update Thursday morning on his thoughts about the proposed mask ordinance. "On... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, July 02 2020 Jul 2, 2020 Thursday, July 02, 2020 2:07:00 PM CDT July 02, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA – The extended deadline for filing income taxes is fast approaching, but help is available for those who need... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, July 02 2020 Jul 2, 2020 Thursday, July 02, 2020 1:43:00 PM CDT July 02, 2020 in Continuous News
(CNN) -- Sleep problems in early childhood may be linked to the development of certain mental health disorders in adolescence,... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, July 02 2020 Jul 2, 2020 Thursday, July 02, 2020 9:26:54 AM CDT July 02, 2020 in A Brighter Tomorrow
As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. You can... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, July 02 2020 Jul 2, 2020 Thursday, July 02, 2020 7:31:00 AM CDT July 02, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Boone County has seen its number of COVID-19 cases rise over the past few weeks. This has prompted... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, July 02 2020 Jul 2, 2020 Thursday, July 02, 2020 4:51:00 AM CDT July 02, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - After a yearslong battle between local activists and the city that featured environmentalist Sutu Forté... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, July 01 2020 Jul 1, 2020 Wednesday, July 01, 2020 10:00:00 PM CDT July 01, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- Jonathan Irons was wrongfully convicted for almost 23 years in the state prison system, however Wednesday, July 1... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, July 01 2020 Jul 1, 2020 Wednesday, July 01, 2020 9:19:00 PM CDT July 01, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia City Council plans to review an ordinance on July 6 that would require people to wear... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, July 01 2020 Jul 1, 2020 Wednesday, July 01, 2020 8:26:00 PM CDT July 01, 2020 in News
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Officials in Dubuque have been informed that the IBM Client Innovation Center will close within four... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, July 01 2020 Jul 1, 2020 Wednesday, July 01, 2020 5:47:27 PM CDT July 01, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA —MU's Greek Life is looking at changes after the university released its new Show Me Renewal Plan for the... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, July 01 2020 Jul 1, 2020 Wednesday, July 01, 2020 5:34:00 PM CDT July 01, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA -— With COVID-19 limiting public firework displays this Fourth of July, health experts are warning people of the dangers... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, July 01 2020 Jul 1, 2020 Wednesday, July 01, 2020 4:44:00 PM CDT July 01, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA— June saw the highest numbers of COVID-19 tests in Missouri so far. Some testing centers are struggling to... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, July 01 2020 Jul 1, 2020 Wednesday, July 01, 2020 3:59:00 PM CDT July 01, 2020 in News
HALLSVILLE — For Mid-Missouri high school football coaches, this summer is a little bit different. Due to the COVID-19... More >>
2 days ago Wednesday, July 01 2020 Jul 1, 2020 Wednesday, July 01, 2020 3:44:00 PM CDT July 01, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY — The Jefferson City Police Department arrested a suspect after a shots fired disturbance on June 26 at... More >>
2 days ago Wednesday, July 01 2020 Jul 1, 2020 Wednesday, July 01, 2020 2:46:54 PM CDT July 01, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. You can... More >>
2 days ago Wednesday, July 01 2020 Jul 1, 2020 Wednesday, July 01, 2020 2:23:00 PM CDT July 01, 2020 in News
JACKSON COUNTY - From July 10 to July 13, both directions of I-70 on the east side of Kansas City's... More >>
2 days ago Wednesday, July 01 2020 Jul 1, 2020 Wednesday, July 01, 2020 11:42:00 AM CDT July 01, 2020 in News
CALIFORNIA - Deputies with the Moniteau County Sheriff's Office took a Jefferson City man into custody Sunday after finding drugs... More >>
2 days ago Wednesday, July 01 2020 Jul 1, 2020 Wednesday, July 01, 2020 10:44:00 AM CDT July 01, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Storms moving through mid-Missouri Wednesday morning knocked out power to around 1,500 people in north Columbia. Boone... More >>
2 days ago Wednesday, July 01 2020 Jul 1, 2020 Wednesday, July 01, 2020 8:22:57 AM CDT July 01, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 88°
4pm 86°
5pm 81°
6pm 80°
7pm 81°