Training in Interdisciplinary Partnerships and Services (TIPS) for Kids is the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) training program in Missouri. The LEND program provides intensive training for advanced graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities. The core training consists of three hundred hours during the course of the academic year. This includes didactic classes, interdisciplinary clinical activities, family shadowing, policy and advocacy observations as well as team meeting observations. Funding is from a Maternal Child Health Bureau training grant. TIPS for Kids is a partnership between the University of Missouri- Columbia’s School of Medicine and the University of Missouri- Kansas City’s Institute for Human Development. It is housed in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Rusk Rehabilitation Center, Columbia, MO. The primary goal of this program is to train leaders who will work with children with special health care needs. Current trainees are graduate students in occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech/language pathology, social work, special education, health management and informatics, psychology. In addition, we have two trainees who are parents of children with special health care needs who add the family perspective for all training activities.
Applications are generally available beginning in January, due in early March, with selection finalized in mid-May. Stipends are available, as well as a tuition and fee waiver for the required class each semester. If you would like more information, please contact Amy Menefee at firstname.lastname@example.org or 573-882-0757.