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TIPS for Kids' Resource Guide

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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 the field of neurodevelopmental disabilities, particularly autism.  The core training consists of three hundred hours over the course of an academic year.  These hours include didactic lectures by experts in their fields, interdisciplinary clinical activities, family shadowing, observations of policy meetings or advocacy events, and observations of clinical team meetings.

The primary goal of TIPS for Kids is to train future leaders who will work with children with special healthcare needs.  Current trainees are graduate students in occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech/language pathology, social work, special education, applied behavior analysis, and psychology.

TIPS for Kids also includes two additional trainees: a parent of a child with a special healthcare need and an individual with a disability.  Our family-advocate and self-advocate trainees participate in all training activities to learn more about policy and advocacy as well as to enrich the training experience by providing family and individual perspectives as part of an interdisciplinary team.

Contact us!

For more information about TIPS contact Tabbatha Schnurbush at