Sanford School of Medicine Center for Disabilities

South Dakota LEND Program - Trainee Clinic Participation - Clinic Information

Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinic
  • Date - First, third and fifth Monday and Tuesday of every month. This is a two day clinic following the same patient both days with a family conference at the end of day two.
  • Location - Clinic is held in the Health Science Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
  • Time - Clinic typically begins at 8:00 a.m. Schedule and client information will be e-mailed out one week prior to clinic.
  • Description - The Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinic provides an interdisciplinary evaluation/diagnosis for people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism Spectrum Disorders include Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS), and Rett's Syndrome. The clinic may consist of the following components: audiology testing, communication testing, family resource information, motor evaluation, nutrition consultation, psychiatric testing, and psychological/educational testing all completed with the use of Autism Spectrum Disorder specific instruments. School/program/agency personnel are invited to participate in any or all of the evaluation process. Student training is the foundation of the Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinic. Certified and licensed professionals who have experience in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorders from the Center for Disabilities staff and the faculty of the University of South Dakota supervise graduate and doctoral level students throughout the testing processes.
Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic
  • Date - Second Friday of each month.
  • Location - Clinic is held at the Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic on the second floor of the Talley Building. Trainees - Please check in with the receptionist on the lower level when you arrive.
  • Time - Pre-clinic staffing begins at 8:00 a.m. Clinic staffing is during lunch (Trainees - Lunch is NOT provided. You must either bring your lunch or skip lunch to attend staffing.). Clinic is typically completed by 1:00 p.m.
  • Description - This clinic consists of the following disciplines: surgery, ear, nose and throat, genetics, pediatric dentistry, speech-language pathology, audiology, social work, nursing and psychology. The clinic provides an opportunity for children with craniofacial anomalies to be evaluated by a team of experts who together can systematically plan the most appropriate intervention for them. Children with a cleft lip/palate have multiple medical needs which can be best managed when the professionals working with them to operate as a team.
Down Syndrome Clinic
  • Date - Third Friday of each month.
  • Location - Clinic is held at South Dakota Children's Specialty Clinic in the Castle.
  • Time - Clinic begins at 8:00 a.m. and concludes at noon.
  • Description - Down Syndrome clinic focuses on early intervention, medical management, prevention, care coordination and education by using a team approach to meet the medical needs of children, adolescents, and adults with Down Syndrome. The clinic is staffed with members from eleven core disciplines, though other health care providers from Sanford Children's are available as needed. The core disciplines include: genetics/endocrine, cardiology, ENT (ear, nose and throat), audiology, pediatric dietician, social work, parent representative, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech pathology and genetic counseling. Children under age of two are typically seen every six months and individuals over the age of two are seen once per year.
Early Development Clinic
  • Date - First Thursday of each month.
  • Location - Children's Care Rehabilitation Center located on at the corner of 18th Street and Grange (former Sanford Cancer Center) in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
  • Time - Pre-clinic staffing begins at 9:30 a.m.
  • Description - This clinic is an interdisciplinary clinic including the following professional disciplines: developmental pediatrician, nurse practitioner, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist, social worker, and registered nurse.  Infants and toddlers age birth to thirty-six months are screened in the areas of gross motor, fine motor, speech and language development. The physician or nurse practitioner obtains a thorough history from the parent or care giver and complete the developmental screen and physical examination. Diagnostic and education information is provided to families as well as recommendations for service and home programs as appropriate.
Feeding Support Team
  • Date - Every Wednesday
  • Location - South Dakota Children's Specialty Clinic in the Castle 
  • Time -  Arrive at 8:45 a.m.  Pre-clinic staffing at 9:00 a.m. with clinic typically completed by 3:00 p.m.
  • Description - Trainees will shadow a Feeding Support Team that includes a physician, nurse and speech language pathologist as they see inpatient/clinic patients.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Clinic
  • Date - Second and fourth Tuesday of each month.
  • Location - In the morning at the Health Science Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. And in the afternoon at Sanford Children's Hospital in the Castle in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
  • Time - Clinic begins at 8:00 a.m. and concludes at 4:30 p.m. Trainees - You should arrive by 7:45 a.m. Complete schedule and client information will be e-mailed out one week prior to clinic.
  • Description - This clinic is to provide appropriate diagnoses of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) with on-site follow-up consultation to assist with the implementation of clinic recommendations. The diagnosis will allow professionals and families to develop strategies to improve the educational and health outcomes for the person with an FASD. The clinic consists of the following components: clinical psychology, education, genetics, psychiatry and social work. In addition, if needed, the following components may be utilized: audiology, chemical dependency, neurology, nutrition, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech language pathology and other medical specialities. Student training is the foundation of the FASD clinic. Certified and licensed professionals who have experience in the area of FASD from the Center for Disabilities staff and faculty of the University of South Dakota supervise graduate and doctoral level students throughout the testing process.
Intensive Care Nursery (ICN) Follow-Up Clinic
  • Date - Every Wednesday.
  • Location - South Dakota Children's Specialty Clinic in the Castle
  • Time - Clinic begins at 8:00 a.m. and concludes at 3:00 p.m. 
  • Description - This clinic is designed for infants and toddlers age 3 to 42 months. Developmental assessments are administered by a physical therapist, occupational therapist or other child developmental specialist; results are conveyed to a neonatologist, who also assesses patients, and care plans are collaborative established for patients based on developmental progression.
Myelodysplasia Clinic
  • Date - Fourth Wednesday of each month.
  • Location - South Dakota Children's Specialty Clinic in the Castle
  • Time - Pre-clinic staffing begins at 8:00 a.m. Staffing with lunch is held at noon. Clinic concludes at 1:30 p.m.
  • Description - This clinic offers a team approach to the management and treatment of infants and children with Spina Bifida. The clinical disciplines involved in this clinic include: orthopedics, developmental pediatrics, urology, psychology, pediatric occupational therapy, pediatric physical therapy, pediatric speech therapy and nutrition.
NICU Shadow with Team
  • Date - Every Tuesday
  • Location - Sanford Health Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery (NICU) 3rd floor of Surgical Tower
  • Time - Check-in at receptionist desk on the 3rd floor of the Surgical Tower at 7:45 a.m. Identify yourself as a LEND trainee and state that you are there to observe in the NICU. Remain in the lobby area. A case manager will come and get you.
  • Description - this clinical opportunity offers exposure to the detailed work and planning that goes into discharging an infant from the NICU. Case managers in the NICU work with parents and their community professionals to transition babies to home. Careful attention is given to establishing workable care routines for the infant that will mesh with family style and meet the baby's medical needs. If babies qualify for special services such as early educational intervention or therapies, the case managers facilitate contact with these professionals. Students will also have an opportunity to shadow the speech therapist and developmental therapist during this experience.
NICU
  • Date - Every Wednesday.
  • Location - Sanford Health Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery (NICU) 3rd floor of Surgical Tower
  • Time - Check-in at receptionist desk on the 3rd floor of the Surgical Tower at 7:45 a.m. Identify yourself as a LEND trainee and state that you are there to observe in the NICU. Remain in the lobby area. A case manager will come and get you.
  • Description: This clinic offers trainees the opportunity to observe in the NICU. This clinic does not offer the exposure to the detailed work and planning that goes into discharging an infant from the NICU.
Pediatric Grand Rounds
  • Date - As determined by the Office of Continuing Medical Education. The South Dakota LEND Program secretary will e-mail the information out weekly.
  • Location - Either Schroeder Auditorium or HSC 106 in Sioux Falls. Location in Vermillion to be determined based on interest. Time - Normally 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
  • Description - Office of Continuing Medical Education will send flyers, by email, to the LEND secretary who will in turn forward the e-mail to all LEND trainees. If a trainee is interested in attending and receiving clinical hour credits, they are to e-mail the LEND secretary. The trainee must also pre-register at the website listed on the flyer. The LEND secretary will e-mail the contact in Vermillion that will assign a room for the student to attend a video conference of Grand Rounds. The trainee will then be notified at to the location in Vermillion.
Preschool Clinic
  • Every Tuesday.
  • Location - South Dakota Children's Specialty Clinic in the Castle
  • Time - Clinic begins at 8:00 a.m. and concludes at noon. Trainees - you must arrive at 7:30 a.m. for the pre-clinic staffing.
  • Description - Patients seen in this clinic are children 3 to 6 years of age with developmental disabilities, learning problems, behavior issues or attention challenges.
Shadow of a Birth To 3 Service Coordinator
  • Date - As agreed upon between trainee and Birth To 3 Service Coordinator.
  • Location - Home of a family with a child being served by Birth To 3 Connection or another location specified by the Service Coordinator.
  • Time - Will vary based on the schedule of Service Coordinators. 
  • Description - Attendance at an infant/child's Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) meeting. These meetings may occur in the child's home or at another location. The IFSP establishes goals and service provision (i.e., physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, education, etc.) for infants/children birth to 3 years of age who have developmental challenges that qualify them for early intervention.
Shadow of a Deaf-Blind Program Family Coordinator or Family Specialist
  • Date - As agreed upon between the trainee and Family Coordinator or Family Specialist.
  • Location - Center for Disabilities in Sioux Falls or another location specified by the staff member.
  • Time - Will vary based on the schedule of staff members. Trainees - Please check with the LEND secretary at the Center for Disabilities to be put in contact with the Deaf-Blind Program Coordinator.
  • Description - This clinical opportunity offers exposure to technical assistance to school districts, medical personnel and other professional in the following areas related to deaf-blindness: orientation and mobility; establishing optimal environments; functional assessments; and assistive technology. The staff of the Deaf-Blind Program also provides assistance and advocacy for families with deaf-blind children and resources on deaf-blindness for parents and professionals.
South Dakota LEND Developmental Clinic
  • Date - Refer to LEND Calendar for dates. Clinic will be held pending the availability of a patient.
  • Location - Health Science Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Time - Clinic begins at 8:00 a.m. and concludes at noon.
  • Description - This clinic provides FREE interdisciplinary evaluations to children age six months to three years of age who may have a developmental concern. These high-quality evaluations meet the standards set forth by the State of South Dakota and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The education staff will receive a comprehensive report outlining the diagnostic instruments, the findings and recommendations from the evaluation team. The clinic typically consists of the following disciplines: school psychology, clinical psychology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, audiology, nutrition, medical and social work.

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