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TIPS 4 Kids

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 picture of a woman teaching a childintensive 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.

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TIPS for Kids 2022 Fall Lecture Series

The training program is funded by a grant through the Bureau of Maternal Child Health.  TIPS for Kids is a partnership between the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders at the University of Missouri-Columbia and the Institute for Human Development at the University of Missouri – Kansas City.  Training activities take place at the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders.

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.

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For more information about TIPS contact Jaclyn Benigno at

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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.