Neurodevelopmental Outreach Clinics

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Fellows in LEND may attend a rural outreach screening clinic (dependent on funding and/or availability of clinical observation opportunities).

The intention of the pediatric neurodevelopmental outreach and autism screening clinic is NOT meant to establish a developmental or educational diagnosis. Rather, this initial consultation is meant to determine the need for additional evaluations or testing; to share information & impressions; and/or make recommendations for the child’s family and primary care provider (PCP).

With permission, Fellow opportunities for observation:

  1. Clinic coordinator greeting each family, and getting paperwork and height/weight measurement.
  2. Medical provider medical interview.
  3. Stone Soup Group meeting with the family after medical interview.
  4. Each clinic site host is unique. Some Fellows will find opportunities to interview staff of the host clinic about local resources, healthcare delivery, family culture, and customs unique to the region.
  5. During the clinic days, PND staff are asked to conduct educational presentations. LEND Fellows are welcome.

Additional activities related to the clinic:

  • Fellows write a brief summary about the community where they will observe the outreach screening clinic (e.g. the population size and distribution, services offered, agencies that are active in the community, and other factors that impact the residents there that experience disability or special needs).
  • Fellows attend at least one family referral interview conducted by phone by the clinic coordinator as she prepares for a clinic.
  • Fellows create an engaging presentation about the experience and share it during seminar.

You can hear an example of a presentation by a 2013 LEND Fellow sharing about the Barrow Clinic by using this link: