Letter from Our Director

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the Riley Child Development Center (RCDC) and the Section of Child Development at Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM). Our faculty focuses on infants, children, and adolescents with autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities and behavioral disorders and within an interdisciplinary team context. Our activities include pre-service training, clinical services, outreach training, and research aimed at improving the lives of children with neurodevelopmental disorders and their families.

The RCDC provides a full range of evaluation services to address developmental and behavioral concerns. Children may receive comprehensive team appointments as well as more targeted consultative, diagnostic, and intervention services depending on their needs. Families, local schools and child care programs, and referring physicians receive extensive recommendations and referral information tailored to the child’s needs and family concerns.

Through Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) funding provided under the Combatting Autism Act, administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB), the RCDC has provided interdisciplinary leadership training in autism and neurodevelopmental and behavioral disabilities for over 40 years. Over the course of these four decades, our LEND trainees have gone on to serve Indiana and the nation in many arenas, including clinical services, research, and teaching that supports positive outcomes for children with neurodevelopmental disorders and their families. Our graduates include expert clinicians, university faculty, policy makers, researchers, and administrators.

The RCDC LEND faculty members are experienced and compassionate professionals dedicated to providing exemplary and individualized interdisciplinary training experiences for our trainees. Trainees represent many different universities and disciplines such as pediatrics, psychology, social work, speech, occupational therapy, physical therapy, family members, nutrition, and nursing. In addition to these pre-service students, the RCDC provides continuing education opportunities for many professionals, especially those involved in early intervention and mental health arenas.

RCDC faculty and staff partner with many Indiana state agencies, including the Indiana State Department of Health, FSSA/Division of Mental Health and Addiction, Indiana Head Start Collaboration Office, Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities, and Indiana First Steps, as well as community agencies such as the Indiana Association for Infant and Toddler Mental Health, Mental Health America of Indiana, Family Voices Indiana, the Autism Society of Indiana, About Special Kids, IN*Source, and others.

The Riley Child Development Center LEND is an interdisciplinary group of professionals who enjoy partnering with families to provide excellent care to the children of Indiana while supporting the development of the next generation of leaders in neurodevelopmental disorders. Thank you for visiting our website to find out more about the Riley Child Development Center and LEND at IUSM.

Sincerely,

Angela M. Tomlin, PhD, HSPP, IMH®, (IV)
Director
Riley Child Development Center
Indiana’s LEND Program