Maternal and Child Health in Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

Clinical Observation

A wide variety of clinics and community settings are available for observational experiences. The observational experiences will be determined with mentors and the LEND Training Coordinator as part of the Individualized Training Plan (ITP). A journal entry describing the experience should be completed for each experience and reviewed by the Training Coordinator. A monthly calendar of observational experiences is also required and will be reviewed by the Training Coordinator. For experiences that conflict with class times, trainees should arrange to observe during semester breaks or make alternate arrangements with the Training Coordinator. CED Clinics, WVU Clinics and Community Clinics are arranged by the Training Coordinator. Jennifer Forester, MSW, arranges clinics at the WVU Physician Office Center. Her phone number is 304-293-1244 and her email is jforester@hsc.wvu.edu.

*denotes interdisciplinary clinic

CED Clinics

     
  •   Clinic: Feeding and Swallowing Disorders Clinic *
      Place: CED, 959 Hartman Run Rd.
      Time: Thursdays, 10:00-12:00
    Contact: Monica Andis, M.S., R.D., 293-4692 or mandis@hsc.wvu.edu
    Description: This clinic is staffed by an interdisciplinary team from the areas of nutrition, psychology, speech pathology, occupational therapy, and social work.
    Learning Objectives
    • about the variety of feeding problems that occur in children with disabilities
    • about complex medical conditions that affect feeding and swallowing
    • about the behavioral component of feeding problems
    • about resources available to help children with feeding problems and their families
     
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  •   Forum: Next Steps LEND Clinic*
    Place: CED, 959 Hartman Run Road, Ground Floor Clinic
    Time: Second and fourth Thursdays, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Contact: Diane Williams, LEND Training Coordinator, 304-293-4692, ext, 1131, awilliams@hsc.wvu.edu
    Description: Interdisciplinary clinic for children and adolescents and their families experiencing difficulties with transition or with systems impacting their lives.
    Learning Objectives:
       
    • about the types of disabilities that affect children, especially autism
    • how children are evaluated and assisted by an interdisciplinary team
    • resources available for assisting children with disabilities and their families.
    • how families can approach barriers to obtaining services or issues with systems
     
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WVU Physician Office Center Clinics

     
  •   Clinic: Children with Special Health Care Needs Seizure Disorder Clinic
    Place: Physician Office Center, Pediatrics, 2nd Floor
    Time: The CSHCN seizure clinic is held on the third Monday afternoon and the fourth Tuesday of each month.
    Contact: Jennifer Forester, M.S.W., 293-7331 or jforester@hsc.wvu.edu
    Description: The students will observe different neurologic diagnoses and treatments via an interdisciplinary team that includes a social worker, a parent advocate, nursing, and pediatric neurologists. Clinic time ranges from 15 minutes to longer, based on the needs of the child.
    Learning Objectives:
       
    • about differing neurologic diagnoses
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    • about the workings of an interdisciplinary team
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    • about resources available to families through CSHCN
     
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  •   Clinic: Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic
    Place: Physician's Office Center, 1st Floor, Otolaryngology (ENT)
    Time: Second Wednesday of every month, 1:00-4:00 pm
    Contact: Monica Andis, M.S., R.D., 293-4692, ext 1148 or mandis@hsc.wvu.edu
    Description: This clinic provides diagnostic and follow-up services for children of all ages who have cleft lip and palate. Disciplines directly involved in the clinic include speech pathology, dentistry, nursing, nutrition and otolaryngology.
    Learning Objectives
    • about the causes of Cleft Lip and Palate including genetic syndromes
    • how a multi-disciplinary team assists children with cleft palate and their families
    • resources available for children with cleft palate and their families
     
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  •   Forum: Genetics Clinic
    Place: Physician's Office Center, 2nd Floor, Pediatrics, Special Clinics Suite
    Time: As arranged
    Contact: Nora Alexander, Genetics Counselor, 304-293-7332.
    Description: Children and families with, or suspected of having, genetic disorders are provided services consisting of assessment, service coordination, genetic counseling, and follow-up.
    Learning Objectives:
       
    • about the causes and treatment of genetic disorders.
    • other causes of health problems due to exposure before birth to toxic substances.
    • resources available to help those with genetic disorders and their families.
     
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  •   Forum: Genetics Outreach Clinics Place: Charleston, Martinsburg, Wheeling, Parkersburg, Charleston and Huntington. Time: As arranged. Contact: Nora Alexander, Genetics Counselor, 304-293-7332.
    Description: Same as above.
    Learning Objectives: Same as above.  
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  •   Forum: Klingberg Neurodevelpomental Center, Attention Deficit Disorder Clinic
    Place: Physician's Office Center, 2nd Floor Pediatrics, Special Clinics Suite
    Time: Varies.
    Contact: Jennifer Forester, M.S.W., at 293-1244 or jforester@hsc.wvu.edu
    Description: Through observation, the trainee will learn the diagnostic criteria for a diagnosis of ADD in a medical clinic setting. Clinic time is typically 1 ½ to two hours.
    Learning Objectives
    • about the diagnosis of ADD and ruling out other diagnostic possibilities
    • the importance of psycho-educational evaluations and how to interpret them
    • how to score Hawthorne ADD assessment scales d. about treatment and follow-up for ADD
    • to identify resources available, through websites, books, to children and families that receive a diagnosis of ADD
    • the importance of IEPs and 504 Plans
     
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  •   Forum: Klingberg Neurodevelopmental Center, Neurodevelopmental Clinic
    Place: Physician's Office Center, 2nd Floor Pediatrics, Special Clinics Suite
    Time: Varies.
    Contact: Carrie Cobun-Stark, at 293-2890 or ccobun@hsc.wvu.edu
    Description: Students will observe a diagnostic assessment for a child typically under that age of 4 with concerns for an autism spectrum disorder. Clinic sessions typically last 3 hours.
    Learning Objectives
    • about the diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder in a medical setting
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    • how to administer and score a developmental assessment tool, the DP-3
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    • how to administer and score the Gilliam Autism Rating Scale (GARS)
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    • how to deliver sensitive information to families
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    • about resources available in the state of WV for assistance with autism spectrum disorders
     
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WVU Clinics

     
  •   Clinic: Audiology Clinic
    Place: Allen Hall, WVU Evansdale Campus
    Time: Monday through Thursday, 9:30-11:30, 1:30-3:30
    Contact: Gayle Neldon, gayle.neldon@mail.wvu.edu, 293-4241
    Description: Clients of all ages receive outpatient audiology services.
    Learning Objectives:
       
    • about hearing screening and evaluation
    • about the importance of hearing in language development
    • about types of hearing problems in children and adults
     
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  •   Clinic: Speech and Language Pathology Clinic
    Place: Allen Hall
    Time: Monday through Thursday, 9:30-11:30, 1:30-3:30
    Contact: Karen Haines, karen.haines@mail.wvu.edu, 293-4241
    Description: Clients of all ages receive outpatient speech language therapy.
    Learning Objectives:
       
    • about what type of individual benefits from a speech language evaluation
    • what are the components of a speech evaluation
    • how results from standardized speech language evaluations are interpreted
    • how speech language therapy is conducted
     
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  •   Clinic: Augmentative Communication Clinic
    Place: Allen Hall, WVU Evansdale Campus
    Time: Monday through Thursday, 9:30-11:30, - 1:30-3:30
    Contact: Karen Haines, MS, CCC/SLP, karen.haines@mail.wvu.edu
    Description: Clients who have severe oral communication problems are seen for assessment. Each client is evaluated to determine the best possible communication system.
    Learning Objectives: 
    • about the type of individual who can benefit from receiving augmentative communication services.
    • what is augmentative communication
    • about low-tech to high-tech augmentative communication services and devices
    • about how augmentative communication devices are funded
     
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Community Observation Experiences

 

     
  •   Forum: Presbyterian Child Development Center
    Place: Spruce & Willey Streets, Morgantown
    Time: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Monday – Friday
    Contact: Sharon Portaro, Director, Presbyterian Child Development Center, 304-292- 2194.
    Description: PCDC provides daycare and pre-school services to children, birth through five years of age. PCDC also offers a summer program to school age children up to age 12. They serve children with and without disabilities.
    Learning Objectives
    • about typical child development in the pre-school population.
    • about atypical development in the pre-school population.
    • about the structure and learning strategies of the pre-school classroom
    • about discipline techniques for pre-schoolers
     
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  •   Forum: Special Education Instruction Settings
    Place: Varies
    Time: Varies
    Contact: Diane Williams, M.S.W., CED Training Coordinator, awilliams@hsc.wvu.edu
    Description: Trainees make observations in a special education classroom in a local public school, usually in conjunction with the Family Partnership Program.
    Learning Objectives
    • how educational services are provided to children with disabilities
    • about the variety of supportive services provided such as physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech.
    • about the types of disabilities that children have who receive special education
     
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