Families are a wealth of information and experience that cannot be gleaned from seminars, discussions, or clinics. The MN LEND counts on families to provide one of the core components of the LEND Fellowship. This experience allows the Fellows to experience services from a different perspective, one that practitioners don’t always get to see. It is often an eye opening experience for the Fellows. Each MN LEND Fellow is required to participate in a Families as Teachers experience as part of their LEND Fellowship. This experience provides real world, hands on access to families who are living with and supporting a child or young adult with a neurodevelopmental disability or ASD. Families and Fellows are matched by the MN LEND’s family faculty, Barbara Kleist.
“I take away a broader perspective of working with an interdisciplinary team which I will continue to draw from in my area of practice for many years to come. Having a better understanding of the complex nature of treating neurodevelopmental disabilities makes me better equipped to work effectively with families.”