Interdisciplinary Training Clinic Meeting Needs 360

Sara Clancey, PhD., MOTR/L, IMH-E

February 25, 2021

The Interdisciplinary Training Clinic (ITC) operated by the Institute for Human Development at Northern Arizona University (NAU) offers comprehensive evaluations and recommendations to families and educational agencies serving said families at no cost to the family. The clinic serves as a training experience for graduate students in a number of different disciplines learning about interdisciplinary practices. Graduate student teams supported by faculty mentors from their respective disciplines provide the services offered by the clinic.

Disciplines most commonly represented by team members include physical therapy, speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, educational psychology, social work, and education. In addition, at least twice per semester, the clinic includes a developmental pediatrician who provides medical assessments for children with complex health care needs. Through the provision of services in this manner, the ITC contributes to meeting the diverse needs of persons with disabilities while allowing interdisciplinary training opportunities for graduate students.

Based on the number of referrals, the interdisciplinary clinic schedules 3-5 days each semester. The clinic will see a minimum of 2 or a maximum of 3 individuals on any scheduled clinic day. This will depend on the reason for referral and age of the children referred. Referrals are sought at least 2 months in advance of the scheduled clinic day for the graduate student teams to prepare for the upcoming clinic day.