January 11, 2018

Vanderbilt Consortium LEND presenting free training on developmental disabilities

Twenty-five percent of outpatient pediatric visits are for developmental or behavioral concerns. To help both families and professionals, the Vanderbilt Consortium LEND is holding a series of free conferences and workshops in Nashville and other Tennessee cities.

For families, the half-day session will help parents be effective advocates for their child with an intellectual and developmental disability, including autism, intellectual disability, ADHD and cerebral palsy. Experts will address a range of topics, including navigating the complex health care system, engaging with the school system and community agencies, identifying supports for caregivers and transitioning to adulthood.   

“Our sessions for families will provide time for questions and answers, and we’ll also provide information on local resources and organizations assisting children with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” said Tyler Reimschisel, MD, MHPE, Vanderbilt associate professor of Pediatrics and Neurology, director of the Division of Developmental Medicine and the Center for Child Development, and director of the Vanderbilt Consortium LEND.

The Nashville event for families will be held Saturday, Jan. 20, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (lunch provided), in the Wadlington Room, 2nd floor of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Free parking is available, and in lieu of child care, each family will receive a $20 Target gift card. Families should register by Jan. 12; contact tara.j.minor@vanderbilt.edu.

For professionals, the Vanderbilt Consortium LEND is providing an Interprofessional Course on Developmental Disabilities in Pediatrics — Including Congenital Zika Syndrome.

“Although developmental disabilities are common, the needs of these children can be complex,” Reimschisel said. “We’ll use an interprofessional approach to identifying and managing global developmental delay, autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability and behavior problems.”

The Interprofessional Course is designed for a broad range of professionals, including community pediatricians, family physicians, pediatric and family nurse practitioners, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, special education teachers, school administrators, audiologists, social workers and clinical and developmental psychologists. CME, CNE, APA and ASHA continuing education credits are available.

This Interprofessional Course will be held in Nashville on Saturday, Jan. 20, in the Children’s theatre, 2nd floor Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Both the training for families and the interprofessional course will be held in Johnson City, Feb. 10; in Knoxville, April 28; and Chattanooga, May 12. For information contact tara.j.minor@vanderbilt.edu.

This training is sponsored by the Vanderbilt Consortium LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) in collaboration with Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Vanderbilt Department of Pediatrics, Vanderbilt Center for Child Development, East Tennessee State University and the Tennessee Department of Health.