Program Competencies

Competencies for Leadership in Clinical Care Trainees

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the incidence, prevalence, etiology, signs and symptoms in children with ASD/DD.
  • Identify the social determinants of health and health outcomes for populations of children with ASD/DD and identify early and sensitive periods where interventions may impact developmental trajectories and long-term outcomes.
  • Understand the role of genetics in the etiology of ASD/DD and the implications for future treatment as well as ethics.
  • Evaluate children with appropriate screening/diagnostic tools.
  • Conduct a thorough disciplinary assessment and articulate appropriate interventions.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of community resources for children with ASD/DD and demonstrate skill in making linkages for families with those resources.
  • Describe the strengths of interdisciplinary care of children with ASD/DD and participate as an active member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrate skill and empathy in listening to and responding to concerns of children and families.
  • Deliver services in a manner consistent with medical home principles.
  • Describe family systems and processes and integrate this knowledge into clinical work.
  • Practice the inclusion of persons with disability into mainstream society and work to develop policies, services and supports to realize this goal.
  • Identify the diversity of perceptions about disability and attitudes toward disability in varied cultural and ethnic groups.
  • Describe public health systems and agencies that affect children with ASD/DD, including federal and state legislation, and the structure and function of agencies.

Competencies for Advanced Leadership Fellows

  • Describe how the life course perspective and social determinants of health have implications for designing interventions and systems of care so that inequalities and disparities are addressed.
  • Describe social, economic, cultural, legal, and political forces that influence past and current services and supports.
  • Describe relationships between and among disability law, policy and practice, including the services/support gaps that affect the day-to-day lives of children with ASD/DD and their families to promote positive systemic change.
  • Use working knowledge of disability law to promote policy and systemic change.
  • Practice the inclusion of persons with disability into mainstream society and work to develop policies, services and supports to realize this goal.
  • Describe roles and potential of technology to advance program/policy/practice agendas.

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