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Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities

Curriculum

The MN LEND’s Interdisciplinary Training Program curriculum incorporates didactic, research, and practicum experiences using a combination of activities located in both clinical and community training sites. The goal of the MN LEND program is to train future leaders who will serve children with autism, other neurodevelopmental and related disabilities and their families through didactic, clinical, practicum and research experiences directed at:

  • Coordinated interdisciplinary training
  • Leadership skill development
  • Promotion of cultural competence and family-centered care
  • Community outreach and continuing education
  • Policy development
  • Translation of research to practice
  • Provision of technical assistance
  • Developing skill at collaborative processes
  • Resource development and dissemination

Pre Doctoral LEND Fellows are required to complete 320 or more hours of training and education in Autism Spectrum Disorders and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities.

Community Fellows are required to complete at least 320 hours of training and education related to Autism Spectrum Disorders and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities. Training hours for Community Fellows are designed to accommodate their outside personal and professional commitments.

Post Doctoral Fellows will have full time hours with LEND and/or affiliated projects totaling 1,788 hours.

Stephany Mottet-2010-2011 U of M LEND Fellow

“My LEND training will improve my skills as a dietitian and public health professional, not only because I have a better understanding of how these two areas come into play with disabilities, but also because of our interdisciplinary training. I truly have a deeper appreciation for all the professions I worked with - occupation therapists, social workers, speech language pathologists, behavioral analysts. So often, working across specialties can be difficult and therefore can affect the care we provide to others. I believe that we as LEND graduates possess the ability to provide assistance to those with disabilities as a cohesive and efficient team.”

Stephany Mottet-2010-2011 U of M LEND Fellow