The University of New Mexico Center for Development and Disability (UNM CDD) recently received a five-year, $3.9 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau for the New Mexico Leadership in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program.

The LEND program prepares trainees from a wide variety of professional disciplines to assume leadership roles, ensure high levels of interdisciplinary clinical competence, and enhances the ability of clinicians to diagnose, treat, and manage complex neurodevelopmental disabilities in youth and adolescents.

The New Mexico LEND program is a graduate level, year-long course focused on the development of leadership, clinical and team skills.

The program currently has graduate students from 12 different disciplines, including occupational and physical therapy, pediatrics, nutrition, social work, nursing, speech therapy, psychology, health administration, and special education. Parents of children with disabilities are also enrolled in the program.

"Not one discipline has all the answers when caring for a child with disabilities," said Dr. Cate McClain, director at the UNM CDD. "Families need an entire team to provide the absolute best care for their child. The LEND program focuses on this interdisciplinary approach and gives those in the program the tools they need to be leaders and advocates for children with disabilities and their families."

For more information, visit UNM CDD and New Mexico LEND program.

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