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The Missouri LEND, TIPS for Kids semester begins August 25 at Thompson Center West, 200 Keene Street, Columbia, MO 65201


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Tips4Kids is the Missouri LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities). It is a partnership between the MU School of Medicine and the UMKC Institute for Human Development, and funded by a grant from the Maternal/Child Health Bureau in the Department of Health and Human Services.

What is TIPS for Kids?

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 at the Thompson Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders, 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 Amanda Moffitt Gunn at or 573-884-4456.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under #T73MC00022 Missouri Partnership for Leadership Training. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

The Tips4Kids training opportunity is geared toward developing professional leaders who will enhance the system of care for children with special health care needs. This program is designed for graduate and postgraduate students, or practicing professionals...

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The Tips4Kids Clinic provides a limited number of interdisciplinary evaluations for children with developmental, genetic, and/or neurological disabilities. In addition, we provide the family with resources such as links to needed information, community resources...

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Contact Us

If you are interested in more information about Tips4Kids and its related training and services or have any questions, please contact Amanda Moffitt Gunn at 573-884-4456.

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