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:
Full Pre Doctoral and Community LEND fellows are required to complete 320 or more hours of training and education in Autism Spectrum Disorders and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities.
Post Doctoral Fellows will have full time hours with LEND totally 1,788 hours.
Each fellow will have both shared and unique training experiences.
“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.”