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Curriculum

LEND gives advanced trainees the tools to become expert clinicians in their disciplines in the care of children with developmental disabilities and chronic illnesses and their families, and to become leaders in interdisciplinary service to this population. LEND also supports healthcare systems at the local, regional, state, and national levels through research, continuing education, and program development. Students acquire valuable experience working as part of research groups, attending national conferences as presenters or participants, and training in clinical and classroom settings.

Core Areas of Learning

  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Diversity and health disparities
  • Leadership and administration
  • Life Course development
  • Policy
  • Transition to adult life

Interdisciplinary Didactic Curriculum

  • Health administration curriculum
  • Case conference
  • Journal club
  • Research conference

Special Leadership Training

  • Health administration skills
  • Health care systems function/support
  • Teaching skills
  • Research skills

*Didactic and practicum experiences may be applied to advanced degree requirements.

Learning Outcomes

By the completion of their program, each long-term trainee will be able to

  • Demonstrate clinical expertise
  • Understand the principles and practice of prevention of developmental disabilities
  • Understand the perspectives of families from many cultural backgrounds
  • Participate skillfully in interdisciplinary teams
  • Understand the system providing service to children with disabilities and their families
  • Evaluate and perform clinical research
  • Demonstrate leadership skills in teaching, strategic planning, and project administration and evaluation

Interdisciplinary Clinical Experiences

  • Community agency experiences
  • Diagnosis/evaluation
  • Family mentoring experience
  • High-risk developmental screening
  • Long-term continuity care