Sanford School of Medicine Center for Disabilities

South Dakota LEND Program - About Us

The South Dakota LEND Program is . . .
  • the South Dakota Leadership Education Excellence in Caring for Children with Neurodevelopmental and Related Disorders Program.
  • a program of the Center for Disabilities.
  • a graduate-level traineeship.
  • one year of specialized training which focuses on the interdisciplinary training of professionals for leadership roles in the provision of health and related services to infants, children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental and related disabilities and their families.
  • working in collaboration with many organizations and institutions including:
    • Augustana College,
    • Autism Spectrum Disorders Program at the Center for Disabilities,
    • Birth To 3 Connections at the Center for Disabilities,
    • Children's Care Hospital & School,
    • Deaf-Blind Program at the Center for Disabilities,
    • Ethel Austin Martin Program for Human Nutrition at South Dakota State University,
    • Sanford Children's Specialty Clinic,
    • Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota,
    • South Dakota Department of Health,
    • South Dakota Perinatal Association,
    • South Dakota State University, Department of¬†Health and Nutrition Sciences,
    • The University of South Dakota, Department of Political Science.
  • augmenting graduate studies in the disciplines of: audiology, child neurology, child psychiatry, developmental and behavioral pediatrics, health administration, medicine, nursing, school psychology, special education, speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, pediatric dentistry, pediatric gastroenterology, pediatric genetics, pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation, physical therapy, psychology, public health, social work, and parents of children with special needs.
  • working to improve the health status of infants, children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental and related disabilities.
Specific Goals of the South Dakota LEND Program
  • To provide an excellent education program which will prepare its preservice trainees to assume clinical leadership roles dedicated to meeting the needs of children with neurodevelopmental and related disabilities in all settings where care may be provided (home, ambulatory care settings, managed care and office settings, community-based, and hospital health care facilities). This training will emphasize the provision of family oriented, culturally sensitive, interdisciplinary services.
  • To build the leadership capacity of its preservice trainees to guide public policy and health care practice in efficient, effective, evidence-based, comprehensive, family-centered, and culturally competent care for children with neurodevelopmental and related disabilities.
  • To enhance and expand the capacity of heath care providers in the state of South Dakota and the surrounding region to utilize and promote comprehensive, family-centered, culturally competent, community-based, interdisciplinary approaches to care for children with neurodevelopmental and related disabilities through the provision of continuing education and technical assistance.
  • To promote the development of improved systems of care through the pursuit of new partnerships and the expansion of existing relationships with governmental, educational and health care agencies which share the interest of neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families in South Dakota and the surrounding region.

The South Dakota LEND Program is supported by a grant from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), of the United States Department of Health and Human Services - grant number T73MC00037.

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