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Siskin Children's Institute works to improve the quality of life for children with special needs and their families.


Siskin Children’s Institute will be a nationally recognized leader of evidence based services for children with diverse abilities using a family centered approach to increase access and opportunity for each child to reach his or her life goals.

At Siskin Children's Institute, our goal is to make life better for children with special needs and their families. Watch our video to discover how we impact children with special needs and their families.

Founded in 1950 by Mose and Garrison Siskin in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Siskin Children's Institute achieves its mission through pediatric healthcare services, education, home & community-based programs, and outreach services in the field of developmental disabilities.

The Siskin Early Learning Center provides a high quality preschool education to young children with and without disabilities, including children with developmental delays, autism spectrum disorder, chromosomal abnormality and brain injury. All children learn and play side-by-side in an environment that celebrates the accomplishments of every child.

Health Care

The Siskin Center for Developmental Pediatrics is a regional developmental pediatric center, led by a team of developmental pediatricians, with services available in Chattanooga and Nashville, TN. Children are referred to the Institute for medical, psychological and cognitive assessment, diagnosis and treatment, including occupational, speech and language, feeding, and applied behavior analysis, and other therapies as well as counseling and social skills groups.

Home Visiting
The Siskin Home & Community-Based Early Intervention program is designed to help parents, other caregivers and children with special needs gain the knowledge and confidence they need to be successful in life. Through visits with a developmental therapist, the family receives information, support, guidance and consultation about improving the child’s and family’s quality of life. It’s a program that can be provided in the home, child care center, the park or other natural settings in the community.

Siskin Outreach Services provide disability information to families, college students and professionals through a dynamic array of programs that weave through the Institute’s other areas of focus. Outreach Services houses the Helen Siskin Pregulman Family Voices of Tennessee Southeast Partnership program, offering a lending library, family support and training, consultation services, and professional training in fields related to special needs, and early childhood development.