From autism spectrum disorder to neurodevelopmental concerns, determining an individual's specific needs can be a confusing process. We offer four clinics to help clients and their families learn about and make decisions regarding various disabilities.
The ASD Clinic offers a diagnostic evaluation for individuals who are suspected of having an autism spectrum disorder. ASD is becoming a more common diagnosis for children and adults who may struggle with social skills, communication, behavior, routines and focused areas of interest.
The FASD Clinic offers a diagnostic evaluation to help identify people who may have a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. FASD can result from even minimal amounts of alcohol during pregnancy and this diagnosis may build a bridge to services for people who struggle with memory and attention deficits, hyperactivity, difficulties with planning and organization, or problems balancing multiple life circumstances.
The South Dakota Leadership Education Excellence in Caring for Children with Neurodevelopmental and Related Disorders (LEND) Clinic is a coordinated effort to address and evaluate the health of infants and children with neurodevelopmental and related disabilities. The South Dakota LEND Program conducts a free, half-day developmental clinic to help families understand their child’s strengths, weaknesses and ongoing health care needs.
The Transitions Clinic is a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary clinic designed to assess an adolescent’s current status and future goals in the major life areas of health care, education and employment as they and their family plan their transitions to adulthood. During the one-day clinic, youth with disabilities and/or chronic health conditions and their family will participate in a variety of interviews, assessments, discussions and activities with experts in the medical, education, rehabilitation and adult service fields.
Family members and self-advocate peer mentors are an integral part of the clinic process. One unique and important feature is the addition of mini work experiences through two to three situational assessment opportunities. The clinic team will provide a set of recommendations for next steps for the individual going through a transition.