University of Missouri
205 Portland Street
Columbia, MO 65211
573-884-6052

 

Trainee Application Information

2020 Recruitment Information and Application Materials

TIPS for Kids Trainee Application

TIPS for Kids Informational Flyer

TIPS for Kids Trainee Recruitment Flyer

TIPS for Kids Self-Advocate Trainee Recruitment Flyer

 2020 Important Dates

April 10, 2020: Application Deadline (submit all application materials to Amanda Moffitt Gunn).

April 10, 2020: Informational Meeting at 5:30PM in the Thompson Center Research and Training Building conference room.

April 20 to May 1, 2020: Interviews (faculty will contact selected applicants to schedule an interview).

May 4, 2020: Applicants notified of final selection decision.

About TIPS for Kids Training

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 student and post-doctoral fellows in the field of neurodevelopmental and related disabilities, such as autism.  The core training requires three hundred hours of various training activities over the course of an academic year (i.e., two semesters).  Trainees are required to participate in all training activities, which are held all day on Fridays at the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Columbia, MO.  Many students complete the program as a component of full-time fellowships. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services funds the training program through a grant administered by the Bureau of Material and Children Health.  This grant funding includes stipend support for trainees.

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. The goals of the training program are two-fold.  Firstly, TIPS for Kids training aims to produce leaders in various healthcare professions that serve children with autism and other special healthcare needs.  Secondly, TIPS for Kids training also provides interdisciplinary, family-centered evaluation and assessment services to children with special healthcare needs and their families through a training clinic held every spring semester. The program is designed for graduate or post-graduate students or practicing professionals in the following disciplines:

Applied Behavior Analysis

Pediatric Medicine

Nutrition

Occupational Therapy

Physical Therapy

Psychology

Social Work

Special Education

Speech-Language Pathology

The program also includes a family member of a person with a developmental disability as well as a self-advocate.  These trainee team members gain valuable skills and knowledge in the areas of policy and advocacy as well as serve as a resource for the rest of the trainee team.

TIPS for Kids Clinic

The Tips for Kids Clinic provides a limited number of interdisciplinary evaluations for children with developmental, genetic, and/or neurological disabilities or concerns.  In addition, we provide the family with resources including information, community resources, and the opportunity to meet with other parents or family members of a child with a developmental disability.  These clinics provide our trainees with opportunities to gain clinical experiences in the evaluation process under the supervision of our faculty mentors.  The TIPS for Kids clinics are designed to assess a child’s current skills and abilities across a range of domains.  The team then uses this information to identify or enhance interventions and therapies as well as to promote coordinated care between all professionals involved in the child’s care.

Application Process

Applications are generally available in February and due in March or early April.  Application materials should be submitted directly to Amanda Moffitt Gunn:

Via email

moffittaj@health.missouri.edu

Via Mail

Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders

205 Portland Street

Columbia, MO 65211

ATTN: Amanda Moffitt Gunn

In person

Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Leave your packet with the front desk staff

Include “ATTN: Amanda Moffitt Gunn” on your materials

TIPS for Kids faculty members hold a general information session and later schedule interviews with select applicants. Applicants will receive notification of a decision 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, see the application materials below or contact Amanda Moffitt Gunn at moffittaj@health.missouri.edu or 573-884-4456.