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Our LEND program is designed to be completed in one academic year (two semesters plus one summer session). Trainees will participate in each of the following activities during their traineeship:


Trainees can expect to spend about 50 hours completing the coursework portion of their traineeship.

Community and Family Medicine 540 (FAMP 540) Interdisciplinary Health Care Team

This course examines the interdisciplinary, family-centered, culturally competent assessment, treatment and care of children and adults with developmental and other disabilities. The course provides students with a foundation in critical issues related to the field of disabilities and exposes students to roles and functions of various disciplines, which are typically involved in the delivery of services to children and adults with developmental and other disabilities. All South Dakota LEND Program trainees must take FAMP 540 for academic credit.

Community-Based Interdisciplinary Clinics

Trainees can expect to spend about 115 hours in community-based interdisciplinary clinics. The purpose of this element of the traineeship is to provide trainees with community-based interdisciplinary clinical training experiences.

These experiences emphasize leadership skill development, interdisciplinary team work, and family-centered, culturally sensitive treatment, assessment and care for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families.

Trainees may participate in the following community-based opportunities:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinic
  • Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic
  • Down syndrome Clinic
  • Early Development Clinic
  • Feeding Clinic
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Clinic
  • Hearing Clinic
  • Myelodysplasia Clinic
  • Preschool Clinic
  • Shadow of a Birth To 3 Connections Service coordinator
  • Shadow of Deaf-Blind p0rogram staff
  • Shadow of a Feeding Support Team
  • Shadow of a NICU case manager
  • South Dakota LEND Developmental Clinic


Trainees can expect to spend about 100 hours during their traineeship on their research project. They are required to develop research questions which can be evaluated using readily available data sources or techniques which allow brief analysis.

Trainees are:

  • Expected to meet with their LEND advisors at least once per month to discuss progress on their research plan
  • Required to share their research in the form of a poster presentation
  • Encouraged to share their research at a variety of state, regional or national conferences
  • Asked to attend the annual South Dakota LEND Program Research Symposium held during the summer