The Debbie School : Training


Graduate and post-graduate students from various disciplines have the opportunity to obtain advanced interdisciplinary training at the Mailman Center for Child Development. Training opportunities occur in a variety of programs, clinics, and outreach settings, providing trainees a learning experience working directly with faculty from a variety of disciplines.

Trainees come to the Mailman Center through formal agreements with numerous affiliating colleges and universities across the United States including the University of Miami, Nova Southeastern University, Florida International University, Barry University, and St. Thomas University.

LEND Program

The Debbie School receives interns through the LEND program. The LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental & Related Disabilities) Program provides advanced interdisciplinary leadership training to health professionals who are interested in working with children with developmental disabilities, chronic illness, or other special health care needs and their families.

Interdisciplinary training is the hallmark of LEND. Faculty and trainees represent 13 core academic disciplines of audiology, genetics, health administration, nursing, occupational therapy, pediatrics, pediatric dentistry, physical therapy, psychology, social work, special education and speech-language pathology.

Special Education/Early Education Training Program

The Mailman Center has incorporated master’s level early education students into the LEND interdisciplinary training program. This was achieved through a U.S. Office of Special Education low-incidence minority grant to the University of Miami’s School of Education. Early childhood educators will benefit from a six-week clinical experience at the Mailman Center in settings including the Debbie School.

Music Therapy Interns

The Debbie School also receives music therapy interns from the Frost School of Music. Music therapy involves the use of music to accomplish a variety of therapeutic aims, including the restoration, maintenance and improvement of mental and physical health. A music therapist may work with individuals of all ages who require treatment due to behavioral, social, learning or physical disabilities. In essence, music is used as a tool to help people maintain or improve upon important life skills, such as communication, physical movement, emotional growth and social skills.