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Our Program

We prepare students to provide competent, specialized medical care to children and young adults with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families. As the only LEND program in South Dakota for more than 25 years, we don't just develop good clinicians - we develop leaders who can prompt change in the organizations with which they work.

The South Dakota Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Program provides a graduate-level traineeship and one year of interdisciplinary training. We train clinicians who are familiar with and sensitive to the needs of patients, families and cultures, and give our trainees the tools to guide public policy and health care practice related to their field.

Our trainees:

  • Observe and participate in assessments and treatment-planning with qualified professionals in clinical settings
  • Participate in treatment aspects of care under the supervision of practicing professionals
  • Receive resume-building work experience that results in personal growth

Trainees also receive tuition remission and a monthly stipend during the academic year.

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