Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

Vanderbilt LEND
(formerly MIND Training Program)

The Vanderbilt LEND prepares graduate-level health professionals in 13 disciplines to assume leadership roles to serve children with neurodevelopmental and related disabilities.

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Leadership Education

The Vanderbilt LEND is federally funded by Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Grant No. T73MC00050, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. A five-year grant was awarded in July 1999, renewed in 2004, and renewed again in June 2011 (through 2016).

The purpose of the Vanderbilt LEND is to reduce and prevent NDRD (neurodevelopmental disabilities and related disabilities) in children and to increase access to family-centered, community-based, culturally competent, interdisciplinary services.

The program focuses on preparing health professionals to assume leadership roles and develop interdisciplinary team skills, advanced clinical skills, and research skills, in order to meet the complex needs of children with NDRD.

The Vanderbilt LEND includes faculty from Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, Tennessee State University, Meharry Medical College, and the University of Tennessee, as well as affiliates from Family Voices of Tennessee.

The Vanderbilt LEND works closely with a variety of university, family and state agencies partners to provide workshops, conferences and distance education at the community, state, regional and national levels. One outstanding example is the collaboration between the Maternal and Child Health Office of the Tennessee Department of Health and Vanderbilt LEND. These two organizations jointly provide monthly distance training that is video-streamed to health department sites throughout Tennessee, with archiving for later viewing. Topics are based on needs of maternal and child populations, including those children with special health care conditions.

LEND Advisory Council

LEND Long Term Trainees – 2013

LEND Long Term Trainees – 2013

Program Focuses

The LEND Program provides interdisciplinary leadership training for advanced graduate students and post-graduate professionals representing the fields of: 

  • Audiology
  • Deaf Education
  • Family/Parent Resources
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Pediatrics
  • Physical Therapy
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Special Education
  • Speech and Language Pathology

Professionals from these disciplines represent the core faculty and provide mentorship in the implementation of the training program. A parent advisor serves on the faculty as well.

Learn More

LEND Training Program brochure

LEND Training Program flyer

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Orientation Manual


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Apoyos visuales

Autism Parent Guide: Information for Parents of School-Age Children

Autism Parent Guide: Information for Parents of Toddlers and Preschoolers

A Guide to Blood Draws for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

El entrenamiento para ir al baño y los trastornos del espectro autista

Faith Community Visual Supports

Emergency Preparedness for Individuals with Hearing Loss: A Family Guide

Health Care Providers: On the Frontline of Recognizing Signs of Risk for Autism

No-Tech and Low-Tech AAC for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Guide for Parents

Parent's Guide to Psychological Evaluations for ASD

Planning Life After High School for Students on the Autism Spectrum

Planeando la vida después de la escuela secundaria (la prepa) para estudiantes con espectro autista

Positive Parenting Tips and Resources (English & Spanish)

Toilet Training and Autism Spectrum Disorders

Toilet Training (Spanish version)

Toilet Training Children with Developmental Delays

Una breve guía para padres acerca del autismo

Una breve guía para padres de niños en edad escolar

Visual Supports

Visual Supports and Autism Spectrum Disorders

Working With Spanish-Speaking Families

Healthy Bodies Toolkit

Contact Us

Tyler Reimschisel, M.D., Director
Evon Batey Lee, Ph.D., Associate Director
Pam Grau, Coordinator
Lynn Lentz, Coordinator

Phone: (615) 936-1104