Missouri Autism Rapid Response Initiative
- Could My Child Have Autism?
- Es posible Que Mi Hijo Tenga Autismo?
- Help for You and Your Child with Autism
- Ayuda Para Usted y Su Hijo Autisa
- Missouri State House of Delegates Physician's Resolution
What do we know about Autism Spectrum Disorders?
- Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are a group of developmental disabilities defined by significant delays in social interaction and communication.
- Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that appears during the first three years of life. Studies show that ASD can be diagnosed as early as 18 months.
- The current autism prevalence rate in children is about 1 in 110. 1
- The diagnosis of autism has increased more than tenfold in the last decade.
What is Central Missouri’s response?
The Central Missouri Autism Rapid Response Initiative is a collaborative, community-based group of parents and agency providers in the mid-Missouri area who aim to:
- Increase the number of children who are routinely screened for Autism Spectrum Disorders,
- Improve access to timely and accurate diagnosis for individuals at risk for ASD,
- Improve access to timely and effective interventions for individuals with ASD, and
- Provide family members with education and supports.
Begun in 2006, the Initiative is sponsored by the Missouri Division of Developmental Disabilities Office of Autism Services. 2
Accomplishments of the Central Missouri Rapid Response Initiative
- Established a community network that supports comprehensive and coordinated care
- Developed two online resource brochures for families and providers
- Developed two training modules: Understanding Autism and ASD Screening and Referral
- Contributed to the development of the Office of Autism Services’ “Navigating Autism Services: A Community Guide for Missouri” for families and providers
- Partnered with the Missouri Medical Association to develop a resolution to encourage all physicians to include autism screenings in well-child visits no later than 18 months of age
- Worked with the First Steps program to expand eligibility for early intervention services to all children with an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis.
- Served as an advisory group for the development and implementation of a federal grant entitled Rapid Response Project: Implementing Missouri’s ASD Roadmap that expands this project to other areas of Missouri.
Impact of the Central Missouri Rapid Response Initiative
- Increase in trainee knowledge about autism and screening and referral practices 3
- Increase in the number of children evaluated for ASD 4
- Improved provision of education and supports to family members5
- Positive impact on communication and collaboration among community professionals 5
Next steps for the Central Missouri Rapid Response Initiative
- Develop trainings on autism interventions and youth transition
- Enhance the focus on transition resources for youth with ASD and their families
- Contribute to the development of Rapid Response collaboratives in other areas of the state
Central Missouri Rapid Response Initiative Representation
- Autism Speaks
- Boone County Family Resources
- Central Missouri Community Action – Head Start
- Central Missouri Regional Office
- Child Care Aware of Missouri
- Columbia Public Schools
- Columbia Public Schools – Early Childhood Special Education
- Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
- Department of Health and Senior Services Healthy Families & Youth
- Department of Mental Health Division of Developmental Disabilities Office of Autism Services
- First Steps
- Heart of Missouri United Way
- Judevine Center for Autism
- Missouri School Board Association
- MU Center for Family Policy & Research
- MU Human Environmental Sciences – Extension
- MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders
- Parents as Teachers – Columbia
- Parents as Teachers – National Center
- Project ACCESS
- Project Reach
- St. Louis Public Schools
- St. Louis University
- TouchPoint Autism Services
- University of Missouri-Columbia
- University of Missouri-Columbia Sinclair School of Nursing
1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Retrieved on 12/2/10 from http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/features/counting-autism.html.
2 See Missouri’s Autism Research and Response Agenda, July 2003, www.dmh.mo.gov/mrdd/progs/autism/mara.pdf
3 Missouri Rapid Response module pre-and post-test results from the Report on the Missouri Autism Rapid Response Initiative. July 2009 – June 2010.
4 Governor’s Recommendation to Reduce the Autism Diagnostic Wait List FY10 End of Year Report. July 2009 – June 2010.
5 Central Missouri Rapid Response member survey, July 2010