The Riley Child Development Center LEND Training Program

Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) programs provide long-term, graduate-level interdisciplinary training in tandem with exemplary services and care. The goal of the LEND training program is to improve the health of infants, children and adolescents with disabilities by preparing trainees from diverse professional disciplines to function at a high level of interdisciplinary clinical competence and to be ready to assume leadership roles in their respective fields. Our LEND program provides interdisciplinary training, has faculty and trainees in a wide range of disciplines, and includes parents or family members as paid program participants.

Through the Combating Autism Act, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) currently fund 43 LEND Programs in 37 states. Together, these LEND Programs form a national network that shares information and resources, works together to address national issues of importance to children with special health care needs and their families, exchanges best practices and develops shared products. LEND Programs also come together regionally to address specific issues and concerns.

Who is eligible for Training at the RCDC?

The RCDC offers practicum, internship, & fellowship training for the students in the following disciplines:

  • Audiology
  • Child Psychiatry
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Family Leadership
  • Health Administration
  • Law & Ethics
  • Medical Genetics
  • Nursing
  • Speech / Language Pathology
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Neurology
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Special Education

For information about our fellowship program, see Fellowship.

About the Training

Trainees, in partnership with their supervisor, develop an individualized training plan with goals related to: clinical services (assessment, diagnosis, & intervention), advocacy and public policy, research methods, and use of technology.  Trainees attend Leadership Didactic Sessions on topics such as typical and atypical child development, participate in reading assignments, and complete and present a Leadership or Research Project.  Additional learning opportunities include a weekly Journal Club learning session on Wednesday mornings.

Required Dates in 2014/2015

Full day on 8/22/14
Afternoon sessions 12:00-5:00 PM on:
3/13/15, with optional morning session for clinical didactic
Full day on 4/17/15

How to Apply

Complete the LEND application

Rylin Rodgers
Training Director
Riley Child Development Center
705 Riley Hospital Drive, Room 5837
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5225
Phone 317-944-8167

Completed applications are reviewed by the Interdisciplinary Team. Candidates may be contacted for an interview to discuss specific learning goals and possible match with the RCDC Training Program. For more information about the LEND Program at The Riley Child Development Center, please contact Rylin Rodgers, Training Director at 317.944.8167 or


Outreach Trainings

A mission of the Riley Child Development Center is to provide education in neurodevelopmental and related disabilities that increases the capacity of professionals in health care and other fields, allowing them to perform services that serve to enhance the quality of life for children with developmental disabilities and their families.  As part of that mission, the RCDC routinely partners with university, state, and community organizations to provide relevant training.  Upcoming events will be listed on the calendar below.  Members of our faculty and staff are also available for speaking at events.