South Carolina Assistive Technology Program (SCATP)

SLP Trainees in the SC Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Program

Carol Page, speech-language pathologist (SLP) and program director, along with Ebony Glover and DiAndra Duncan, SLP graduate students, work for the South Carolina Assistive Technology Program (SCATP). Glover and Duncan are the only SLP trainees in the SC Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program.

The purpose of LEND training is to improve the health of infants, children, and adolescents with disabilities. Dr. Page is a University of South Carolina LEND faculty member and contributes to the core curriculum for all the LEND trainees.

LEND trainees are at various stages of education and represent a variety of disciplines. They are all united by their interest in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Glover and Duncan are master-level students at the SC State University in Orangeburg, SC. They work part time for SCATP in the device demonstration and loan program. The LEND program offers them long-term, graduate level training, clinical services, and community outreach which focuses on an interdisciplinary team approach to identification, intervention, and collaboration of children with a disability.

Ebony Glover                                DiAndra Duncan

To increase trainee’s insight into the child’s system, Glover and Duncan have been assigned to a family with a child with a disability through the Family Mentorship Project. Glover and Duncan will gain a great perspective of the child’s world by being part of his or her participation in school, the community, a physician’s visit and the home environment. Glover and Duncan feel that participating in SC LEND will give them exposure to other professions such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, special education, social work, psychology, pediatric dentistry and genetic counseling that they would not have received through their university program. "This is an invaluable opportunity for these students to expand their horizons now and to better serve people in the future," Dr Page says of the two trainees.

Go to SC LEND to find more information. Technical Assistance and resources are provided to LEND programs through the Association of University Centers on Disabilities.