Mercy Autism Collaborative - Springfield operates two days a month. Mercy pediatricians and family practice doctors refer children to the clinic. In a single appointment, the children get a comprehensive evaluation including speech and occupational therapy as well as psychological testing. Missouri State University (MSU) conducts a functional analysis, which looks at children’s behavior and their ability to problem solve and move from one activity to another.
The Arc’s Family Advocacy department helps guide families beyond the diagnostic phase to understanding and navigating all the available funding and support in the area, including Rivendale Institute of Learning and Center for Autism. In addition, it offers families applied behavioral analysis, which is the leading therapy recommended for children with autism. MSU graduate students learn how to diagnose autism and be available to follow the children into their schools and serve as a behavioral resource for teachers.
Autism Speaks is an organization of parents, clinicians and leading scientists committed to accelerating the pace of biomedical research in autism through raising money for research projects, education and outreach.
Autism Speaks Toolkits Autism Speaks offers a catalogue of toolkits that offer practical advice for parents and practitioners working with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The catalogue includes titles on sleep, medicine for challenging behaviors, blood work, visual supports and dental visits.
Navigating Autism Services: A Community Guide for Missouri published by the Missouri Office of autism Services is a navigation guide to help people understand the services available for people with autism in Missouri, how to access these services, and where to start.
Missouri Division of Developmental Disabilities Regional Offices provide support coordination and work with individuals, families and providers. The regional offices, the primary points of entry into the system, provide assessment and case management services, which include coordination of each Individual Support Plan.