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Missouri best practice guidelines for screening diagnosis and assessment

This publication is based on the principles of family-centered care, early identification, informed clinical judgement, and community collaboration.

These Guidelines are a direct outcome of the State of Missouri’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Autism. Convened by Missouri State Sen. Mike Gibbons in 2007 at the request of the Thompson Foundation for Autism, the Blue Ribbon Panel consisted of 16 members whose goal was to assist policymakers in recommending a better system to meet the needs of individuals with ASDs and their families. A number of the panel’s recommendations alluded to the inconsistencies that characterize ASD practices in Missouri.