LEND Goals & Disciplines

The Center for Disabilities’ LEND program goals are:

  • To train child health professionals to improve care for children with developmental or other disabilities, with an emphasis on autism.
  • To collaborate with state, local agencies, organizations, private providers and communities by providing interdisciplinary educational programs.
  • To provide community and family leadership education programs.
  • To ensure families and youth are included in LEND training activities.

Trainee Disciplines

  • Audiology
  • Dentistry
  • Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
  • Human Development and Family Studies Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy
  • School Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Special Education
  • Speech Language Pathology

Interdisciplinary Competencies:

  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Cultural Competency
  • Developing Others Through Teaching & Mentoring
  • Ethics & Reflection
  • Family-Centered Care
  • Interdisciplinary Team Building
  • MCH Knowledge Base
  • Negotiation & Conflict Resolution
  • Policy and Advocacy
  • Self Reflection
  • Working With Communities and Systems

Sample seminar topics include:

  • Assistive Technology
  • Early Intervention
  • Family Centered Practices
  • Nutrition and Metabolic Errors
  • Strategic Planning
  • Transition to Adult Medical: Work and Community