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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The Board of Directors of Little Miss Mag Early Learning Center has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Siskin Children’s Institute (SCI). Leaders from both organizations are collaborating to enact the transition plan, and it is anticipated the acquisition will be finalized by year’s end.

Siskin Children’s Institute plans to retain all staff currently working at Little Miss Mag and remains committed to providing affordable, high-quality childcare for the children and families currently served by Little Miss Mag. This historic merger brings together two of Chattanooga’s oldest and most respected independent non-profit organizations. Siskin Children’s Institute operates an inclusive childcare center for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old in the downtown area. In addition, Siskin Children's Institute provides developmental pediatrics, therapy, and home and community-based services for children with special needs and is affiliated with the Department of Pediatrics with The University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga and with Children's Hospital at Erlanger.

“We are working alongside the Little Miss Mag board and staff to ensure a cohesive transition," said Derek Bullard, President and CEO of Siskin Children’s Institute. "Little Miss Mag has a storied history, and we are honored to welcome the staff and families of this wonderful organization. Little Miss Mag has always been a great place for children to learn and develop and Siskin is excited to expand while honoring LMM’s legacy of caring.”

“We are thrilled by this partnership and excited to move forward with the acquisition by Siskin Children’s Institute. In addition to its diverse service continuum for children, SCI has deep roots in our community and a reputation for excellence. The synergy and opportunities generated by this merger will ensure sustainability and provide the best ongoing support for our dedicated staff and the families we serve,” said Meredith Perry, Board President of Little Miss Mag.

Little Miss Mag was founded in 1917 by Mrs. Henry Ewing and was one of the first day care centers for children of working mothers in Chattanooga. Named after the daughter of its first board president, Mrs. Garnett Andrews, Sr., Little Miss Mag empowers families by providing affordable early childhood education.

Pictured left to right: Pictured from left to right: Rex Rutledge, Senior Vice President at Truist; Derek Bullard, President and CEO at Siskin Children’s Institute; Jim Vaughn, Market President at Truist.


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Siskin Children’s Institute today announced it received a $10,000 grant from Truist Foundation to assist in COVID-19 protection and sanitation procedures.

“We’re excited to receive the grant from Truist Foundation,” says Derek Bullard, president and CEO of Siskin Children’s Institute. “The funding is vital in our efforts to enhance safety and mitigation processes to protect the children and families we serve, including the refinement of telehealth services.” 

Siskin Children’s Institute will use the funds to protect the patients, students, families, and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. Truist Foundation’s support will allow the Institute to enhance sanitization processes in the medical clinic, therapy spaces, and early learning center. Providing enhanced protection for those families and staff using exam rooms, treatment and therapy equipment, classrooms and toys, restrooms, break areas, offices, and more will lead to safer evaluation, therapy, and learning experiences. The funding will also be used to enhance telehealth services, which allows families to receive services without leaving their homes, decreasing the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19 and further protecting our patients and staff.

“We’re proud to support such an important organization in our Chattanooga community,” said Jim Vaughn, Chattanooga market president at Truist, on behalf of the Truist Foundation. “At Truist, we live and breathe with our purpose, and that is to inspire and build better lives and communities.”

Learn more about the Truist Foundation here.


Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce  named Siskin Children’s Institute Nonprofit of the Year at the annual Chamber Awards event earlier this evening. Other finalists recognized in this year’s nonprofit of the year category include, Cempa Community Care  and the Creative Discovery Museum . Congratulations to all of this year's finalists! 

Watch the Chambers Virtual Event

Read Chattanooga Times Free Press Article

CHATTANOOGA, TN – “While I’m extremely proud of our growth these past few years, I’m even more proud of our staff for staying true to our mission and the legacy of our founders “Mose and Garrison Siskin.” Delivering on that commitment has not been easy, but it has been fulfilling and has made a lasting impact on the children and families we serve,” said Derek Bullard, president and CEO of Siskin Children’s Institute. “Cempa Community Care and the Creative Discovery Museum do great work and it is a privilege to be named among these deserving organizations.”

Siskin Children’s Institute’s mission is to improve the quality of life for children with special needs and their families, and their vision is to increase access to developmental care across the region. They have achieved this mission by improving efficiencies to reach more children who need the services they provide trough diagnosis, treatment, and support.

The Institute serves children with special needs via their many programs that include medical and therapy services, including evaluation and treatment of developmental and behavioral issues, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, behavior health services in the form of applied behavior analysis (ABA therapy), and treatment for pediatric feeding disorders; in home developmental therapy through Tennessee Early Intervention Services (TEIS); and the Chattanooga location offers a preschool where children of all abilities learn and grow together. They also provide guidance for families to help navigate the different programs and resources available in their community through Family Voices of Tennessee, Southeast Partnership. All programs practice an interdisciplinary approach to healthcare for each child’s unique needs and developmental goals.

“I want to thank the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce for this honor and I want to thank our board of directors for their support. Most importantly, I want to thank our staff for their hard work and dedication to those we serve, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. For staying focused on why we do the work we do, adhering to a culture of growth and a mindset of continual improvement, while keeping our patient, family, and staff’s health and safety a priority,” stated Derek Bullard

Siskin Children’s Institute serves over 3,500 children annual from their Chattanooga and Nashville, TN clinics, supporting families across six states including Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, and North and South Carolina. Many of the developmental services provided are also available via telehealth.

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Pictured left to right: Tina and Kodi Lee talk about their journey and performing at StarNight Virtual benefitting Siskin Children's Institute. See full video and article by clicking on photo. - photo still courtesy of WRCB News Channel 3.

'America's Got Talent Winner, Kodi Lee, to perform for Siskin's annual Starnight

Tuesday, September 1st 2020, 6:37 PM EDT  by  Anegla Kim
'America's Got Talent' winner, Kodi Lee, is hoping his performance will not just entertain people but also inspire children just like him at Siskin Children's Institute. See full story Here.

Purchase tickets or make a donation to help us reach our goal.
StarNight Tickets available thru September 11.

Pictured left to right: Doug Thompson, Rotary Club Projects co-chair; Dr. Elaine Swafford, Chattanooga Rotary Club president; Derek Bullard, Siskin Children’s Institute, CEO; Dr. Melissa Gonzalez, Siskin Children’s Institute; and Don McDowell, Rotary Club Projects co-chair - photo by Chattanooga Rotary Club

ROtary Club Donates $35K to support New Feeding Clinic

The Rotary Club of Chattanooga is partnering with Siskin Children’s Institute to set-up a pediatric feeding clinic serving children, caregivers, and parents in the ten counties of Southeast Tennessee.  On Friday, July 31, a $35,000 check was presented by Rotary President Elaine Swafford to SCI President and CEO, Derek Bullard, for this purpose.  The new clinic will be named The Rotary Feeding Clinic at Siskin Children’s Institute.

Pediatric feeding disorders occur in approximately 30 percent of typically developing children and in up to 80 percent of children with developmental needs. These children might have been born prematurely, have food allergies, gastrointestinal concerns, or oral motor dysfunction.  Resolution often requires medical treatment via a 6 to 8-week intensive program requiring the child to be observed and participate in therapy multiple times a week.  This is only possible with a comprehensive feeding clinic.  Today, the closest comprehensive feeding clinic to the Greater Chattanooga area is located in Atlanta.  This distance and a months-long wait list makes it extremely difficult for local families to get treatment for their children.  Currently, treatment is only feasible for those local families who have means and parents with very flexible schedules.  Participation in such an intensive medical treatment in Atlanta is virtually impossible for Chattanooga families in reduced circumstances.

“The Rotary Club of Chattanooga is truly excited to be part of this important initiative for our Community” said President Elaine Swafford. “We believe that an interdisciplinary pediatric feeding center will be a real game changer for many local families.”  SCI President and CEO, Derek Bullard added, “Data indicates that establishing a comprehensive feeding clinic at Siskin Children’s Institute will annually change the lives of hundreds of local children who are at risk of long-term, compromised development and poor future health outcomes.  At SCI the care of children always comes first.  This partnership with Rotary allows SCI to help families in the Greater Chattanooga area who are desperate to find the necessary services for their children with eating disorders.”

The Rotary Club of Chattanooga gives annual grants via its Club Projects Committee.  Rotary President Elaine Swafford noted that during the past six years, the club has given grants totaling over $255,000, with the vast majority of these grants supporting important projects at local organizations such as Siskin Children’s Institute.

Tipsee Music Raises $5,000 for
children with special needs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville resident, Dallas Jackson, finds unique ways to support local and regional musicians, tornado relief, and non-profit organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through his love of music and helping others Dallas developed a virtual music platform to support those in need and promote talented musicians in the music city. Dallas has raised thousands so far and hopes to continue to support local artist and make community impact long after the pandemic has passed.

A few years ago Dallas noticed a disconnect with local artist trying to make their way through the music industry and those willing to support their growth via tips. 

Dallas explains, “I started TipSee Music in January of 2020 to bring modern transactional technology to the local bar scene. Most artists rely on cash tips, but people are carrying less and less cash everyday. Therefore artists run into many hurdles such as fans saying "I don't have cash", or "You can't play that song?". My app will solve these problems and more with a streamlined payment method tied to song requests from a pre-determined list provided by the artist.”

Unfortunately, the pandemic hit soon after the launch of TipSee Music and Dallas had to be creative during this time to keep things in motion for his app launch this summer. 

“At this point I said to myself I have already waited long enough to get started so I decided if I can find a way to get past this hurdle then the rest is downhill. Since my company revolves around local live music I decided I should do something to help both the artists and the community. Some of us have the ability to work from home during these unprecedented times, so I wanted to try to help those who don't exactly have that luxury.” said Dallas. 

This is when Dallas came up with a unique way to promote artists by hosting virtual events in which viewers and fans can make donation via a GoFundMe link. Not only would these events promote and support artists, but proceeds would go on to support organizations like Hands on Nashville, supporting tornado relief in the Nashville community, and Siskin Children’s Institute, a new non-profit in Nashville supporting children with special needs and their families. Dallas’ work was able to generate thousands for Nashville non-profits during the pandemic, including $5,000 for Siskin Children’s Institute.

The next steps for TipSee Music is the launch of an app that is due to be released later this summer. Dallas is working closely with Nashville artists and businesses to ensure a successful launch in the Nashville community and beyond. 

Dallas explains “At first the virtual concerts were an idea during COVID-19, however I have really enjoyed working with Hands on Nashville and Siskin, and therefore see opportunity to work with local charitable organization again in the future. I believe that Siskin is a great organization and will continue to be a great piece of the Nashville and Chattanooga communities. Working with Siskin was a great experience and I hope to continue this partnership in the future.

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Derek Bullard, President and CEO of Siskin Children's Institute, shares message with the families, friends, and staff regarding recent events.

June 4, 2020

The first half of 2020 has been a difficult year. The murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor add to a long list of black Americans who lost their life based on their skin color. In between bouts of anger and sadness, I’ve spent a considerable amount of time in the last week pondering “how have these deaths affected our staff and those we serve at SCI?” 

Displaying empathy, being inclusive, listening, and understanding are all key attributes of our culture at Siskin Children’s Institute. It’s part of the rich legacy of our founders Mose and Garrison Siskin. As a mission driven organization that serves children and families from diverse backgrounds, we must acknowledge that systematic racism exists. Racism affects our employees, our communities, and the children and families we serve. Racism manifests itself in innumerable ways. Persons of color including our co-workers, friends, neighbors, brothers, and sisters need to hear unequivocally that we support them and stand by them in condemning racism. We also condemn antisemitism and discrimination in all forms. You matter, you are valued by me and by Siskin Children’s Institute.  

In the coming weeks I will work closely with our staff and those we serve by reaffirming our commitment to diversity and addressing any cultural blind spots we may have. We will have hard conversations; we will listen and learn from each other. Our commitment is to constructively address disparities, foster an inclusive culture, and take a firm stand against racism.

Please join me as we work to be part of the solution.

Yours Truly,

Derek Bullard

To hear how the pediatrics community is responding to this crisis visit AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics)


derek bullard, President & CEO Siskin Children's Institute

Nashville Expands Autism Services, ABA Therapy

Nashville Medical News
Published: April 13, 2020

Autism prevalence rates have increased significantly since 2000. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Autism and Developmental Monitoring (ADDM) Network put the prevalence rate at the beginning of this century at 6.7, which equals about 1 in 150 American children being identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The latest data moves that rate to 18.5 or about 1 in 54 children with ASD (see box).

In Tennessee, the latest numbers show 1 in 64 children fall on the spectrum. With more than 1.5 million children in the state, those statistics underscore the great need for early assessment and intervention, which research has proven maximizes lifelong outcomes for children and families.

Nashville is home to the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center's Treatment & Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD), which is one of 11 ADDM sites in the country. With wait times across the U.S. averaging from six months to a full year for an initial evaluation, TRIAD and Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers have embarked on a study to test tools that could be remotely deployed via telemedicine to speed evaluation and connect children with therapy earlier.

Helping address those capacity needs, Nashville has benefited from two recent expansions of autism services in the community. The Siskin Children's Institute, which has served children in Chattanooga for 70 years, cut the ribbon on their new Nashville office in late January. At the beginning of this month, Autism ETC held a virtual ribbon-cutting on their brand new, 9,500-square-foot clinic on Music Valley Drive.

Early Intervention
"The wait list to get diagnosed with autism is extremely long," said Carissa Coker, MS, BCBA, LBA, clinical director at Autism ETC. "The median age of diagnosis right now is 3 years, 10 months." Yet, she continued, children could be diagnosed as early as 18 months and certainly by age two.

Tina Patterson, MEd, BCBA, LBA, lead behavior analyst for Siskin Children's Institute in Nashville, said the long wait list for both diagnostic assessment and treatment in Middle Tennessee factored into Siskin establishing a presence here. Patterson, who has worked in the Nashville community for 25 years, said the new office has a developmental pediatrician on staff and is actively looking to expand both the diagnostic and interventional team to meet demand. "Siskin recognizes there is a growing need for developmental and behavioral pediatrics," she continued, adding the non-profit organization takes an integrated, collaborative approach to assessment and therapy.

Autism ETC contracts with a clinical psychologist for diagnostic evaluations ... but, as with other trained evaluators, there is a wait list. "Although Autism ETC provides diagnostic evaluations, the availability of providers who can perform this testing is very limited," noted Rhonda Manous, executive director of Autism ETC. The issue, she added, is multifactorial and includes bottlenecks in credentialing and certification, as well as actual training. Manous added the frustration is real for pediatricians and parents who recognize a child has developmental delays, know that time is critical for intervention, and yet can't get the needed confirmation required to begin therapy. "There's just one hurdle after another these families have to jump over to get their child these medically necessary services," she said.

Even with documented notes in medical or preschool records, Patterson said, "Only one-third of children with autism receive a diagnostic evaluation from a developmental pediatrician by age three ... so there's a gap between early concerns and their first diagnostic evaluation." This is despite clear evidence showing early intervention works faster and lasts longer, she added.

ABA Therapy

Both Siskin and Autism ETC utilize evidence-based applied behavior analysis (ABA) to improve communication, attention and social skills while decreasing behavioral problems in children on the autism spectrum.

Patterson noted, "The science of learning and behavior has over 100 years of research behind it." She added, "We look at trends of behavior data to determine the 'why.' Once we can determine why, then we teach new skills to get the child where they want to be to achieve social and emotional goals."
She explained the three main deficits in autism are impaired communication, impaired social interactions and restricted or repetitive behaviors. And, because autism is a spectrum disorder, children will have different abilities to be considered in addressing each of these key areas.

For example, Patterson noted, a child might throw a tantrum out of frustration because they aren't able to communicate that they want a drink. With ABA, a therapist might work with a child to simply say 'cup,' or hold up a picture of a cup or to type or show the cup on an iPad.

"We can communicate in different ways," Patterson pointed out. "It doesn't have to be verbal." The ultimate goal, she continued, is to get the message across in a way others can understand. "Access and opportunity are huge. When you don't have the developmental skills, you aren't included and don't have access to opportunity," she said of the difference communication makes in a child's life.

Coker noted ABA therapy utilizes positive reinforcement to decrease problem behaviors and increase the probability that a good behavior will happen again. "Something that will absolutely inhibit these children from being successful in a public school setting are these problem behaviors," she explained. "ABA is always tailored to each person individually," Coker continued of being able to design therapy to meet a child's personal abilities.

Coker said Autism ETC's day program utilizes discrete trial training (DTT), which breaks learning into small, 'discrete' components with one-on-one skills work, social skills time focused on interaction with others, and class time with teachers, which might be circle time for toddlers or more advanced learning for older children. "We have smartboards in all our classrooms so we make learning fun," Coker said.
For some children who receive early intervention, Coker noted, "The outcome can be that they are able to go to school and graduate at every level and live a really, really great life." Regardless of where a child falls on the spectrum, she added ABA helps children make strides. "The goal is to help children and families achieve the best possible outcome and the happiest outcome they possibly can," she stated.
While early intervention is preferable, gains can be made at older ages, as well. "We advocate for early intervention because the brain is so malleable when you're young," said Patterson. However, she continued, evidence shows significant gains are still made from ages five-12 and in older kids in the 12-22 age group, as well.

Siskin in Nashville
Recognized for working with children with ASD, Patterson said the Siskin Institute is equally known for their work in the broader arena of developmental disabilities. "According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1 in 7 children between the ages of three and 17 have a developmental disability. That's 14 percent of children," she noted of the large demand for services.

"Siskin aims to provide evidence-based services for children with diverse abilities using a family-centered approach to increase access and opportunity for each child to reach their goal," explained Patterson.

During the current 'stay at home' order, the clinic in Nashville is closed through April 24. However, Patterson said that doesn't mean patient need or provider help stops. "Siskin has telehealth procedures to help support families," she explained. "That's been used heavily over the last weeks."

She added Siskin is forming referral partnerships with local pediatricians and other therapeutic clinicians as they build their presence in Nashville. "We offer diagnostic evaluations and treatment from developmental pediatricians with minimal wait time for children to receive therapeutic services," Patterson said.

To see the full article including additional information on the rise of Autism Prevalence in the U.S., visit Nashville Medical News.

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Nabe's japanese restaurant raises $2,000 for Siskin Children's Institute


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Nabe’s Japanese Restaurant, a locally owned and operated authentic Japanese restaurant, generously donated $2,000 raised from their annual sushi making workshop to support the children with special needs served by Siskin Children’s Institute. The class, held on Super Bowl Sunday each year, teaches participants the art of making sushi, while supporting a local cause.

“We can’t thank our friends at Nabe’s Japanese Restaurant enough for their continued support of children with special needs,” says Derek Bullard, President and CEO of Siskin Children’s Institute. “Thanks to their efforts at this annual event, we can continue to serve more children and enhance access to developmental healthcare in Chattanooga and beyond.”

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SISKIN CHILDREN'S INSTITUTE Welcomes Developmental - Behavioral Pediatrician Dr. Cindy Chestaro

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Siskin Children’s Institute is happy to welcome Dr. Cindy Chestaro to the Siskin Center for Developmental Pediatrics. Dr. Chestaro is a Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician, whose passion is working with children with special needs and their families.

“Dr. Chestaro brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our center as we continue to grow to meet the need of families in our region, “ says Derek Bullard, president and CEO of Siskin Children’s Institute. “Improving access to care for families is one of our priorities and adding Dr. Chestaro to the team will dramatically increase the number of children and families we can serve including our Spanish speaking families.”

Dr. Chestaro specializes in the diagnostic evaluation, medical management, and family support for children with developmental and behavioral conditions – including Autism Spectrum Disorder, intellectual disability, complex ADHD, learning disorders, speech and language disorders, developmental delays, and behavioral disorders. In addition to her clinical focus, Dr. Chestaro serves in a teaching capacity through her Clinical Assistant Professor appointment at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine at Chattanooga, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.

Dr. Chestaro earned her medical degree from the Universidad Iberoamericana UNIBE School of Medicine in the Dominican Republic. She completed her residency at John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County in Chicago followed by a fellowship in Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics at the University of Chicago and a fellowship in Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a member of the Society of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and the Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry as well as a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She has been involved in many community projects, lead several seminars on disability related topics, and shared her expertise through lectures and serving as a clinical teaching preceptor.

“As a developmental behavioral pediatrician, my greatest desire is to help each child be the best they can be by highlighting their strengths while supporting their challenges. I have always been very passionate about empowering families through education and counseling so they celebrate their child’s individual traits and feel confident in working with and supporting their child.”


Siskin Children’s Institute practices an interdisciplinary approach to early identification and intervention for developmental and behavioral concerns. The team consists of specialists in the areas of developmental pediatrics, speech pathology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, behavior psychology, applied behavior analysis, nursing, and supportive staff. These professionals work collaboratively with the family to support the unique needs of each child.  


Siskin Children's Institute is affiliated with the Department of Pediatrics with the University Of Tennessee College Of Medicine Chattanooga and with Children's Hospital at Erlanger. This collaboration increases the access to a wide range of specialty medical services that are needed to provide high-quality comprehensive care to our patients while also educating our future pediatricians to support local workforce development.


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SIskin children's institute expands medical, therapy services to Nashville


Chattanooga, Tenn., December 14, 2019


More Tennessee children with developmental disabilities will have access to needed services through a new Siskin Children's Institute office in Nashville, which is set to open in January 2020.

Author: Elizabeth Fite,, 423.757.6673

View full story Chattanooga Times Free Press.


Baylor Tennis Team Announces 7th Annual Serving It Up for Siskin Tennis Tournament


Chattanooga, Tenn., October 10, 2019


The 7th annual Serving It Up for Siskin Children’s Institute mixed doubles tennis tournament will be hosted by the Baylor School’s Boys and Girls Tennis Team on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at their home courts. This year’s tournament, led by the senior’s on the tennis team, Anna Hawkins, Grace Mooney, Carolyn Reid, Defne Bozbey, Hunter Smith, Ethan Burgan, and John Gilbert, will raise funds for the programs and services of Siskin Children’s Institute, a local organization serving children with special needs and their families in the region.

“I have loved seeing families rejoice from the hope and care Siskin has provided for the kids,” says Baylor student Defne Bozbey. “I am excited to be a part of something that makes such a great impact.”

Serving it Up for Siskin began as a senior project in 2013 by Baylor alumnae McCall Morgan and Harper Caswell. The original event succeeded tremendously and created a partnership with the Baylor tennis program. Now an annual event, the tournament has raised approximately $68,990 since its inception. Each year the Baylor Tennis Team passes the torch, building a legacy of philanthropy and community service with a goal to surpass the previous year with the participation level and total amount raised. The students at Baylor look forward to the tournament year after year. “I have always been a player in the Siskin tournament and now I get the privilege of being an organizer and giving back to my community,” says senior, Grace Mooney.

This tournament is open to all ages and skill levels free of charge to participate. However, donations from participants are appreciated and welcomed.

Registration Deadline for Serving It Up for Siskin is Thursday, October 31. 

To register for the event please visit: or contact Hunter Smith at


Carolan Foundation Grant Helps Transform Pediatric Therapy Space at Siskin Children’s Institute


Chattanooga, Tenn., October 01, 2019


Thanks to the generous support of the Carolan Foundation, Siskin Children’s Institute has recently completed the renovations to create a unique pediatric therapy space for children in the Siskin Center for Developmental Pediatrics. The grant of $50,000 provided for specialized equipment, including a gait keeper treadmill, large suspension walker, multi-level playhouse, and a swing with an accelerator among other items. The space incorporates modular walls that allow the space to be reconfigured easily which will allow the Institute to better serve children as they grow into their teens. The space also features a climbing wall with adapted hand holds and foot ledges to help children build muscles and encourage movement. In addition, the grant will provide funds to incorporate technology upgrades and additional furnishings to complete this much needed renovation.  

“Thank you to the Carolan Foundation for seeing our vision for this newly renovated space,” says Linda McReynolds, director of development and communication at Siskin Children’s Institute. “We are excited to see our idea of a large, multi-purpose space come to fruition and for children in our region to begin utilizing this space to increase skills, build muscle, and meet their goals.”  

The Center for Developmental Pediatrics at Siskin Children’s Institute provides assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and support for children with or at risk for developmental delays and disorders. Led by board certified developmental pediatricians along with a full clinical and therapy staff, the center specializes in early identification and management of delays and disorders in children ages birth to teens. The center is an academic pediatric practice affiliated with the Department of Pediatrics with the University Of Tennessee College Of Medicine Chattanooga and with Children's Hospital at Erlanger.


Siskin Children’s Institute Provides Free Parent Workshops This Fall 


Siskin Children’s Institute is happy to provide free workshops for parents of young children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder in partnership with the Chattanooga Autism Center and Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Treatment & Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) program this fall. 

The three hour informative workshops provide insight and strategies for parents of young children with an Autism Spectrum Disorders. These strategies are based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and focus on skills that can be used not only at home, but in schools and the community. Topics for this fall include addressing challenging behavior, developing successful sleep habits and teaching basic communication skills. Workshops will be held one Saturday of every month with childcare and lunch included. To RSVP or find more information on these free sessions visit 

“We are so grateful to be able to provide these free parent workshops for families caring for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, “ says Deidra Love, workshop facilitator. “We know that building the skill sets of parents will have long-term benefits for their children.” 

Thanks to the Rotary Club of Chattanooga for generously supporting this parent education series this year. 


Siskin Ceo looks back on first year, shares vision for future