The two CORE courses are the primary didactic for the LEND fellowship.  They are presented in course format and students can receive academic credit for each.

The first CORE course addresses issues relevant to professionals who work with people with developmental disabilities, their families, and the human service system. Understanding the professional’s role in diagnosing, evaluating, and assessing children who have developmental disabilities or who are at high risk of acquiring them will be the emphasis for the first half of the semester.

The second semester of CORE focuses on the community, system, and leadership components of developmental disabilities and is based on values of enhancing the quality of life of individuals with disabilities. Issues of systems change and policy implications are stressed while understanding disabilities from the persons’ and families’ perspective are maintained.

CORE I:  Developmental Disabilities I: Evaluation, Assessment, Families, and Systems

CORE II: Developmental Disabilities II: Values, Policy, and Change

Coordinators: David T. Helm, PhD and Priscilla Osborne, PT, MS, PCS

The CORE may be taken as accredited coursework, and is offered through Boston College, Boston University, Harvard School of Public Health, Simmons College, Emerson College, and Brandeis University. 

CORE meets each week from 8am to 10am on Friday, at 1295 Boylston Street, Suite 100.  A detailed syllabus is distributed at the first class.  Course Requirements, reading lists, and updated schedules will be discussed.

Developmental Disabilities:

Evaluation, Assessment, Families, and Systems


September 5  

Introduction/Overview of Developmental Disabilities presented by Allen Crocker, MD, David Helm, PhD, and Priscilla Osborne, PT, MS, PCS.

September 12

Focus on Families/Cultural Diversity presented by Lauren Berman, LISCW and Angela Lombardo

September 19

Psychological Development and Assessment of the Infant and Young Child presented by Janice Ware, MD

September 26

Genetics and Developmental Disabilities presented by Mira Irons, MD

October 3      

Sensory Motor Developmental and Assessment presented by Annette Correia, OTR and Priscilla Osborne, PT, MS, PCS

October 10    

Development of Language and Communication presented by Hope Dickinson, MA, CCC-SLP

October 17    

Mental Health and Challenging Behaviors/Autism presented by Kerim Munir, MD and Ludwik Szymanski, MD

October 24    

Health Considerations in the Assessment of Developmental Disabilities presented by Sandra Friedman, MD

October 31    

Adolescents, Sexuality and More presented by Maurice Melchiono, RN

November 7  

Early Intervention Services presented by Melanie Griffin, Director and Kaitlin Mulcahy, LMHC

November 14

School Base Services for Children with Developmental Disabilities: an integrated model of education presented by Nancy Hurley, MS

November 21            

Intellectual Disabilities presented by David Coulter, MD

December 5   

Transition from High School to Post Secondary Schools or Work presented by Nancy Hurley, MS and Stelios Gragoudas, PhD

December 12 

Aging and Developmental Disabilities presented by Allen Crocker, MD