Tips For Kids (Training in Interdisciplinary Partnerships and Services) is part of the national program entitled Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND). Under the direction of Dr. Connie Brooks, and funded by the Health Resources Service Administration in the Federal Health and Human Services Division, the program is a year-long intensive training for advanced graduate and post-doctoral students in a variety of disciplines to teach interdisciplinary teamwork in clinical settings.
This year’s Tips For Kids cohort includes 15 trainees from several different disciplines such as: occupational therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy, health information management, clinical psychology, and social work. The group also includes a self-advocate and a parent advocate, each providing a unique perspective to the program.
To be selected, students complete and application and interview with their prospective faculty mentor. TIPS trainees commit to 2 semesters of rigorous training that prepares them for interdisciplinary clinical work with families who have children with special needs and disabilities. The fall semester is focused on content and didactics and in the spring they engage in interdisciplinary clinical evaluations with actual patients. Trainees spend time with families, observe policy meetings and create a year-long leadership project.