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									Letter of Support – Nonprofit Agency #2
Stichter/Thompson Center

Thompson Family Center for Autism and
Neurodevelopmental Disorders
University of Missouri-Columbia
Janine Stichter, Ph.D.
University of Missouri-Columbia
Department of Special Education
311C Townsend Hall
Columbia, MO 65211

Dear Dr. Stichter:

It is with great pleasure that I write this letter of support for your grant proposal titled,
“Developing a Structural Analysis Assessment and Intervention Model to Enhance
Peer-related Social Behaviors in Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.”
Up until now, research on the treatment of young children with autism spectrum disorders
(ASD) has focused primarily on medical and behavioral interventions in clinical settings
and at home. Yet children with ASD frequently are served in early childhood and
educational settings. Your project will address the pressing need for intervention
research in such applied early childhood settings, which provide a natural environment
for facilitating social behaviors in young children.
As you know, I am particularly interested in your proposal because of the growth of
interdisciplinary autism research and services at the University of Missouri-Columbia
(UMC). Currently, I direct the Thompson Family Center for Autism and
Neurodevelopmental Disorders, which was established June 1, 2005. This Center was
made possible through the philanthropy of Bill and Nancy Thompson, who provided an
$8.5 million endowment to integrate our cross-campus autism programs and to expand
our capacity to conduct cutting-edge interdisciplinary research. This gift was in response
to the strengths inherent in our existing programs at UMC. For example, between 300
and 400 children with ASD from across the state visit our clinics at UMC each year.
Many contribute to a large, ongoing research database in the Department of Child Health
(Judith Miles, MD, PI) that is supported in part by state funds from the Missouri
Department of Mental Health.

We have a history of strong interdisciplinary collaboration at UMC, as evidenced by
Center partnerships among diverse faculty from the School of Medicine, School of
Health Professions, College of Education, and the early childhood programs in the School
of Human Environmental Sciences. Such collaboration lends itself to innovation and
provides the resources necessary to solve complex problems such as those facing children
with ASD and their families. The project you propose is one major step in the direction
of improving child outcomes by refining early

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Dr. Janine Stichter
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interventions in applied settings. It reflects the leadership you have demonstrated and
your commitment to the field of autism research.

 In my role as Director of the Center, I can contribute numerous resources that will ensure
the success of your project:

        Referral of children with ASD from our clinics, giving you access to many
         potential participants in your study
        Diagnostic and cognitive/behavioral assessments by clinical psychologists
         through the Department of Health Psychology using standard research measures
         (e.g., ADI-R, ADOS)
        Opportunities to access information in the larger Center database, which is being
         designed to incorporate data from multiple disciplines (e.g., dysmorphology
        Consultation with other Center faculty regarding research design and analysis

There is no doubt in my mind that the Center will be able to support your research efforts,
since your proposal is very consistent with our goal of enhancing the availability of
evidence-based best practices for children with ASD.

I look forward to our work together.


Janet E. Farmer, Ph.D., ABPP
Associate Professor of Health Psychology
Director, Thompson Family Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders


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