Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinic

This clinic provides interdisciplinary diagnostic services for persons suspected of having an autism spectrum disorder, or ASD. The accurate diagnosis of ASDs is a complex and difficult endeavor complicated by the cognitive, social, behavioral and communication issues often seen within the autism spectrum. The ASD Clinic houses the most experienced clinical team in the state, capable of differentiating autism from other medical, psychiatric, behavioral and developmental disorders across the lifespan. ASD clinic evaluations use a combination of clinical expertise based on the individual and the reason for referral.

Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic

The cleft lip and palate clinic provides an opportunity for children with craniofacial anomalies to be evaluated by a team of experts who can systematically plan the most appropriate intervention for them.

Down Syndrome Clinic

The Down syndrome clinic uses a team approach to meet the medical needs of children, adolescents and adults with Down syndrome. It focuses on early intervention, medical management, prevention, care coordination and education.

Early Childhood Development Clinic

This interdisciplinary clinic allows infants and toddlers from birth to 36 months old to be screened in the areas of gross motor skills, fine motor skills, speech and language development. The physician or nurse practitioner provides diagnostic and education information to families, along with recommendations for service and home programs as appropriate.

Feeding Support Team

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 Evaluation Clinic

This clinic provides appropriate diagnoses of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) with on-site follow-up consultation to help implement clinic recommendations. The diagnosis allows professionals and families to develop strategies to improve the educational and health outcomes for a person with an FASD.

Student training is the foundation of the FASD clinic. Our certified and licensed professionals who have experience in the area of FASD supervise graduate and doctoral-level students throughout the testing process.

Intensive Care Nursery Follow-Up Clinic

This clinic is designed for infants and toddlers between 3 and 42 months old. 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 created for patients based on developmental progression.

Myelodysplasia Clinic

This clinic offers a team approach to the management and treatment of infants and children with spina bifida.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Shadow with Team

This clinical opportunity exposes students to the detailed work and planning that goes into discharging an infant from the NICU. Case managers in the NICU work with parents and community professionals to transition babies from hospital to home. Careful attention is given to establishing care routines for the infant that will mesh with a family's style and meet the baby's medical needs. Students will also have an opportunity to shadow the speech therapist and developmental therapist during this experience.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

The NICU clinic offers trainees the opportunity to observe, but does not offer the exposure to the detailed work and planning that goes into discharging an infant from the NICU.

Preschool Clinic

Patients seen in this clinic are children 3 to 6 years old with developmental disabilities, learning problems, behavioral issues or attention challenges.

Shadow of a Birth To 3 Service Coordinator

Trainees will attend an infant's/child's Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) meeting. An IFSP establishes goals and service provision for infants/children from birth to 3 years old who have developmental challenges that qualify them for early intervention.

Shadow of a Deaf-Blind Program Family Coordinator

The staff of the Deaf-Blind Program provide assistance and advocacy for families with deaf-blind children and resources on deaf-blindness for parents and professionals. This clinical opportunity allows students to experience giving technical assistance to school districts, medical personnel and other professionals related to deaf-blindness.

Students also have the opportunity to work with the following partner organizations on an individual basis:

Indian Health Services

This organization provides health services to Native American/ Indian people who reside within service areas. Each facility incorporates a comprehensive health care delivery system. The hospitals, health centers and satellite clinics provide inpatient and outpatient care and conduct preventive and curative clinics.

South Dakota Department of Health Child and Family Clinics

  • Family planning offers reproductive health services
  • Newborn metabolic screening provides screenings for metabolic diseases
  • Newborn hearing screening screens for hearing impairments
  • WIC offers upplemental nutrition for eligible women, children and infants
  • Abstinence education grant provides South Dakota students with a medically based program that promotes abstaining from sexual activity
  • For Baby's Sake offers information and resources to help women have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies
  • Oral Health provides consumers and professionals with education and access to care, workforce and dental health needs and support programs
  • School Health offers technical guidance and services to schools