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Siskin children's institute launches 1 in 6 campaign


Chattanooga, Tenn., October 29, 2018

Siskin Children’s Institute is excited to announce the launch of their annual donation drive with a goal of having one in six Chattanooga area residents donate $20 to support children with special needs, impacting the future for thousands of children in our community. 

One in six children is diagnosed with a developmental delay or disability in the United States according to the Center for Disease Control. Thanks to our founders, Mose and Garrison Siskin, families in the Chattanooga region have access to the highest quality programs and services to ensure children with special needs meet their full potential. “As parents of a child with special needs, one of the things we desire most is a sense of normal life. Siskin helps us to feel like Michael can go to school with typically developing children and interact with all the children in everything they do. He learns and grows just like the other child, but with some extra help from some special folks. And most of all, he’s having fun and loving school. We can’t thank them enough,” says Patty Casey, Michael’s mom. 

You can help children with special needs in our community by becoming the 1 in 6 Chattanooga area residents who give $20 or more to ensure children have the resources and services they need. If one in six Chattanooga area residents gave just $20, incredible things could happen for children with special needs. With your help, we can impact more kids than ever before. 

“From the first moment we walked in the door at Siskin, we could tell everyone, from the receptionist to the therapist and up to the CEO, want the best for Joel. 
Joel sometimes needs creative solutions to keep making progress. His therapist is always willing to go the extra mile to find what will work best and help Joel reach his full potential” says Wendy Westbrook, Joel’s mom. “Our family is thankful to have Siskin Children’s Institute.  When Joel meets a goal, it is not time to quit, it is just time to set a new goal. Every visit to Siskin brings Joel closer to being fully independent.  Extraordinary, life changing, incredible, and indispensable are all ways that we describe Siskin.  We are so glad to have these resources available locally.“
Your contributions could:
Provide integrated creative arts enrichment programs to help children with special needs express themselves, enhance social skills, and better communicate with their peers. 
Grow our needs-based scholarship program for low income families who don’t meet requirements for other financial supports to ensure they have access to SCI programs and services.
Help SCI expand the partnership with Family Voices of TN to provide local families the support, parent training, resources, and peer network to navigate the complex systems involved in caring for children with special needs.
Expand therapeutic services to provide more children with needed speech, physical, and occupational therapies as well applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy.

Help Siskin Children’s Institute reach their goal by December 31, 2018.

To make a donation and read the stories of some of the children you will impact, 


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Baylor tennis team hosts 6th annual serving it up for siskin tennis tournament 


Chattanooga, Tenn., October 3, 2018

Baylor School’s Girls and Boys Tennis Teams will hold their 6th annual “Serving It Up For Siskin Children’s Institute” mixed doubles tennis tournament on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at the Baylor School Tennis Courts. This year’s event, led by students Izzy Boyd, Miles Kadrie, Landie McBrayer, and Hunter Smith, will raise funds for the programs and services of Siskin Children’s Institute, a comprehensive organization serving children with special needs, and their families in the region.
Many families from the Chattanooga and surrounding communities have be impacted by knowing an individual with disabilities. Miles Kadrie, captain of the Baylor boys' tennis team, shares, “My Great Uncle Bud had disabilities throughout his life and having access to a program as revered and impactful as that of Siskin would have very well improved his quality of life so much, and I can only hope that any money or awareness we might raise will benefit others in similar positions.” 

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 $52,890 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. 

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 Friday, October 26. 

To register for the event please contact: Miles Kadrie at
For more information about the event please visit

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First Speech - Language Pathologist in tennessee to earn credential 

Chattanooga, Tenn., October 3, 2018

Congratulations to Siskin Center for Developmental Pediatrics Speech – Language Pathologist, Mary Hollowell, on earning her LAMP Certification. The LAMP (Language Acquisition through Motor Planning) Certification is awarded to individuals who have demonstrated competency in their ability to skillfully utilize principles of language and motor learning in order to teach patients who use augmentative and alternative forms of communication (AAC). LAMP certified professionals offer invaluable assistance to help parents and children gain proficiency in their interactions. Trained by The Center for AAC and Autism, Hollowell is now able to facilitate communication utilizing LAMP methodology.  

LAMP was originally developed to give nonverbal individuals with autism a means of communication, however, it can also be adapted to benefit individual with a variety of other needs. Language Acquisition through Motor Planning emphasizes a therapeutic approach centered on neurological and motor learning principles. Essentially, LAMP methodology looks to equip individuals who are nonverbal or who have limited verbal abilities with a method of expressing themselves in any setting. Ongoing research has shown improvements in spontaneous communication, mean length of utterance, and receptive vocabulary when LAMP strategies are implemented. In addition, patients have demonstrated signs of progress in natural vocalization, various communicative functions, and unique combinations of words.  

Currently, Hollowell is the only Speech – Language Pathologist in Tennessee to have earned the credential.  In doing so, Hollowell has furthered Siskin’s mission of serving children with special needs and their families.  

Siskin’s Center for Developmental Pediatrics is now taking new therapy patients. Ask your pediatrician for a referral while there is still availability.  

For more information about Siskin Children’s Institute, visit

Mary Hollowell

Free Fall Workshops for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Chattanooga, Tenn., September 26, 2018

Could you benefit from new strategies to better manage your child’s behavior, communication, and personal safety skill?   Enhancing your child’s behavior for the better begins with simple, daily tactics. If you are interested in learning more about when and how to implement behavior strategies, relate to your child, find support from fellow parents facing similar challenges, or learn more about the unique needs of your child, then you should attend the free upcoming parent, Treatment& Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) Community Workshops. The workshops are hosted by Siskin Children’s Institute in partnership with the Chattanooga Autism Center and Vanderbilt Kennedy Center.

The three distinct workshops will help you develop additional skills in the areas of challenging behavior, safety, and communication. You will receive the most benefit from these workshops if you have a child five years and younger or a child who is newly diagnosed. However, any family interested in learning more about these topics are welcome.

Workshops will be held on October 6, November 3, and December 1 from 10am-1pm at Siskin Children’s Institute. Each session will last approximately three hours. Topics of discussion included the following: addressing challenging behavior, teaching safety skills, and developing basic communication skills. The workshops provide strategies that you can use anywhere from your home and your child’s school to public places around the community. The strategies discussed are based on the well tested principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

Although the workshops are free, please RSVP as soon as possible at In fact, registration for “Addressing Challenging Behavior” on October 6 is open now. Limited childcare is available on a first come, first served basis.


For more information about Siskin Children’s Institute, visit

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siskin early learning center earns a 3-star rating


Chattanooga, Tenn., August 29, 2018

Siskin Children’s Institute is pleased to share that our inclusive early learning center has once again earned a 3-star rating, the highest rating possible, from the Tennessee Star Quality Program.This program is a voluntary assessment that recognizes child care agencies who exceed minimum licensing standards. The Institute is proud to have earned this high rating for more than ten years.

  “We are thrilled to receive the Tennessee Star Quality Program’s 3-star rating. Our center utilizes evidence-based practices to increase a child’s engagement, independence, and social relationships within an inclusive, intentional play-setting incorporating Tennessee early learning standards, and we believe our high rating reflects that. We’re so proud of our teaching staff who work hard everyday providing incredible, loving, high-quality care, “says Julie Mickel,Director of the Early Learning Center at Siskin Children’s Institute.

The assessment involved observing five classrooms chosen randomly. Assessors were focused on the routines and practices within each classroom including classroom environment, personal care routines, interactions between children and their peers as well as the interaction with the adults, activities/materials, program structure, and language/reasoning skills throughout the day. Other areas taken into consideration were professional development hours and content, classroom ratios, and parent involvement.

“As a new teacher, going through the assessment process challenged me to provide a more stimulating, engaging, and natural environment in order to foster learning and growth with the children in my classroom,” says Cristina Cochran, Teacher in the Siskin Early Learning Center. “We work to create an environment that encourages parents to engage with their children and teacher each day in the classroom setting.”

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

“After so many years at Siskin, the 3-Star Rating is simply validation for what my husband and I see every day - that this is the best possible environment for our children to grow up in surrounded by very special teachers, administrators, and friends,” says Katherine Hoffman,mom of two children enrolled in the Siskin Early Learning Center.   

For more information about Siskin Children’s Institute, visit

  To learn more about the TN Star Quality Program, visit

2nd annual king of the corn hole event set for september 15
proceeds to benefit siskin children's institute and ronald mcdonald house charities of greater chattanooga


Chattanooga, Tenn., August 6, 2018


Siskin Children’s Institute and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga are excited to partner to bring Chattanooga the 2nd Annual King of the Corn Hole Tournament. The event will be held at Car Express just off Shallowford Road by Hwy 153. Participants can register to compete to be named Kings of the Corn Hole Chattanooga in this single elimination tournament by visiting Come out and cheer on your favorite team and enjoy the kids zone, food, and fun. 

What: King of the Corn Hole Tournament 
When: September 15, 2018; 8:00am – 2:00pm 
Where: Car Express (Shallowford Road & Hwy 153)

Register your team for the King of the Corn Hole Tournament at


Siskin children's institue annouces derek bullard as president and ceo


Chattanooga, Tenn., July 31 2018


The Board of Directors of the Mose and Garrison Siskin Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of Derek Bullard from Charlotte, North Carolina, as President and Chief Executive Officer for Siskin Children’s Institute, effective August 13, 2018. 

For over a decade of his career, Bullard was the chief executive officer of Access Family Services, a multi-state behavioral healthcare provider. He directed the start-up and grew the organization to a company with 11 offices throughout North and South Carolina. Through his efforts, Access Family Services achieved the highest national accreditation with The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitative Facilities for six years.
He is currently the chief executive officer of Already Homecare, a company that provides non-medical home care services for senior citizens and persons with disabilities in seven counties throughout South Carolina. 

“Derek Bullard has a passion for serving children and families with mental illness and developmental disabilities,” stated Paul Loftin, chairman of the board of directors. Bullard has been dedicated, for over 20 years, to the cause of helping children with disabilities as a result of several roles—CEO, therapeutic foster parent, and as a community advocate. He believes in forming strategic relationships to improve the lives of children and families.

Mr. Bullard and his wife LaVondria are the proud parents of three children and one grandson. Mr. Bullard stated, “I feel incredibly fortunate to be a part of Siskin Children’s Institute and its legacy of serving children and families with special needs. Chattanooga is such a welcoming city, and we are excited to join this thriving community. “

Mr. Bullard holds a bachelor’s degree in human services from Thomas Edison State University in New Jersey.


Suntrust foundation gives $10,000 to siskin children's institute for STar program


Chattanooga, Tenn., July 18, 2018


SunTrust Foundation awarded a grant of $10,000 to Siskin Children’s Institute  to support its Siskin Testing and Assessment Relief (STAR) program. STAR assists families without insurance or those underinsured with expenses associated with the testing and assessments process of children with special needs. The results from the testing can determine a child’s diagnosis and the treatment or interventions that may be needed to help them reach their full potential. 

“The institute is grateful to the SunTrust Foundation for helping relieve the financial stress that families with children who have special needs experience with the challenges of insurance reimbursements and medical coverage,” said Deborah Elwell Arfken, interim president and CEO of Siskin Children’s Institute.

“Giving children with special needs and their families the knowledge and confidence they need to be successful in life is something the SunTrust Foundation and SunTrust Bank care deeply about,” said Jim Vaughn, SunTrust Bank East Tennessee market president. “That’s why the SunTrust Foundation is pleased to support Siskin Children’s Institute for their dedication to fostering an inclusive society for children with all abilities.”


Sun Tan City Raises $6,000 for Siskin Children’s Institute


Chattanooga, Tenn., July 3, 2018


Siskin Children’s Institute is excited to share the success of our community partner, Sun Tan City, and their charity event held June 7-10. “The Sun Tan City Cares Initiative takes much pride in partnering with local charities, as it is an honor to be able to participate with organizations that are core to our beliefs and values.  It is through the continued passion and support of staff and our valued clients as well. During our Sun Tan City Cares Events, Sun Tan City hosts $5 Spray Events in which clients can donate $5 to the partnered charity and receive a free spray tan. It is a special time to see our staff, clients, and charity members come together to contribute to such important causes.  It has been a pleasure to work with the great organization Siskin Children's Institute, and we look forward to working with them on future events,” says Sun Tan City Managing Operator, Garrett Bruner. 

In just four days, Sun Tan City raised an incredible $6,000 to support the kids with special needs served by Institute. 
“We are so thankful for this wonderful partnership with Sun Tan City and for their generosity,” says Interim President and CEO, Deborah Arfken.  “Community partnerships like this allow SCI to continue providing high-quality programs and services for children with special needs and their families each year."


Emily Brandt, M.D. Named Medical Director, Siskin Children’s Institute Center for Developmental Pediatrics


Chattanooga, Tenn., June 27, 2018


Siskin Children’s Institute has named Emily Brandt, M. D., board-certified in general pediatrics and developmental-behavioral pediatrics, as the Medical Director for the Center for Developmental Pediatrics. An assistant professor, Dr. Brandt also holds the title of interim division chief of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at The University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Chattanooga.

Dr. Brandt received her B. S. in music from Southern Adventist University and her Doctor of Medicine from Loma Linda University’s School of Medicine. Her internship and residency in pediatrics were completed at Loma Linda University. Post-graduate training in Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities at the Center for Disabilities and Development at The University of Iowa and a fellowship in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at The University of Iowa Children’s Hospital followed. 

She holds membership in the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.
Dr. Brandt has been employed at Siskin Children’s Institute since 2013. “With her credentials and experience, Dr. Brandt performs an integral role both in the center and as a member of the Senior Leadership team,” stated interim president & CEO, Dr. Deborah Arfken.
“The Department of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital at Erlanger are excited to have Dr. Brandt accept her new role as Medical Director for Siskin Center for Developmental Pediatrics. Dr. Brandt has been instrumental in developing the new developmental curriculum for our pediatric residents and for overseeing the care provided at the Center. With so many families concerned about the development of their children, Dr. Brandt and the Siskin Center are seeking to address the increasing needs of Chattanooga and the region,” commented Dr. Alan Kohrt, Chair of Pediatrics at UT College of Medicine and CMO of Children’s Hospital.


Siskin Children’s Institute Announces LOCASH to Headline Annual StarNight Concert Gala
All proceeds benefit children with special needs and their families.


Chattanooga, Tenn., May 17, 2018


Siskin Children’s Institute is excited to welcome country music stars, LOCASH, as the headliner for this year’s StarNight event. The event, held on Saturday, August 25, at the Chattanooga Convention Center, will welcome approximately 1500 guests. John Pregulman, grandson of Institute co-founder Garrison Siskin, will co-chair the event alongside his wife Amy Israel Pregulman. Mr. Pregulman’s mother, Helen Pregulman, will serve as honorary co-chair.

LOCASH is a country music duo made up of singer-songwriters Chris Lucas and Preston Brust, natives of Baltimore, Maryland, and Indianapolis, Indiana, respectively. With a sound that fuses modern country and classic heartland rock with an edgy vocal blend, the independently-minded partners are revered as “one of Nashville’s hardest-working acts” (Rolling Stone) whose live show “has consistently been among the most energetic and entertaining in the country music genre” (Billboard). With two albums and eight charting singles to their credit, LOCASH broke out in 2015 with their gracious GOLD-certified hit, “I Love This Life," followed by the flirtatious GOLD-certified #1 smash, “I Know Somebody” – their first trip to the top of the Country radio airplay charts – and 2017’s fun-loving romantic anthem “Ring on Every Finger.” All three singles were part of their Reviver Records album debut, THE FIGHTERS, which was released in the summer of 2016 to Top 15 success. The follow up to THE FIGHTERS is expected this year.  In 2017, they earned their first round of awards show recognition, nominated at the ACM Awards for New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year, the CMT Music Awards for Duo Video of the Year (“I Know Somebody”), and the CMA Awards for Vocal Duo of the Year.
“We are excited to welcome LOCASH as our entertainer for this year’s StarNight event. We know they will put on a great show in support of the children with special needs we serve,” says Interim President and CEO, Deborah Arfken. “John and Amy will surely knock it out of the park and make StarNight 2018 one to remember.”

John Pregulman is the President of KAVOD, a Memphis-based organization supporting Holocaust survivors in need, which he founded with his wife, Amy. As a former professional photographer in New York City in the 1980’s, John found his passion for taking photographs of Holocaust survivors and has taken 600 photos so far. After his time in New York, he returned to Chattanooga to join the family steel business, Siskin Steel and Supply Company. The company was sold in 1996, and John was named President/COO until leaving the company in 2005. He is currently the managing partner of Robmer Partners, a real estate company his father created. Mr. Pregulman also serves his family by heading the family office as the Chief Investment Officer. John has four children, ranging in ages from 30 to 11.
Amy Israel Pregulman serves as the Executive Director of KAVOD.  Prior to KAVOD, Amy was the Director of Cultural Arts at the Memphis Jewish Community Center (MJCC) where she developed the Cultural Arts Department.  Under her leadership, she developed and implemented the Jewish Literary and Cultural Arts Festival; the International Jewish Film Festival; the first Health and Wellness Expo; and established and branded the patrons of the Arts Program. Amy also curated for the Shainberg Gallery as well as developed the Campus for Holistic Learning. Prior to the MJCC, Amy was the Director of Community Engagement at Opera Memphis. Amy completed her Master’s in Strategic Planning and Leadership with a certificate in Nonprofit Management at the University of Memphis in 2017. Amy is a native Memphian and has two sons ages 22 and 19.  
StarNight 2018 opens with a cocktail reception beginning at 6 p.m., then moves to a formal dinner followed by a concert performance by LOCASH. An electrifying after-party with dancing and music from Atlanta Groove Factory will round out the night. 

For more information and tickets, visit


Siskin Children’s Institute Announces New Board Members


Chattanooga, Tenn., May 17, 2018


Siskin Children’s Institute announces the addition of six new board members, each of whom will serve a three-year term.  Paul Loftin is the current board chair, and Dr. Mary Tanner is the immediate past chair. 

Alan Cates, attorney, is a member of Husch Blackwell’s Financial Services and Capital Markets team.  Mr. Cates is a member of the Tennessee Probate Study Committee and has served on the faculty of the National Planned Giving Institute of the College of William and Mary for more than 25 years.

Dr. Andrea Goins, pediatrician, graduated from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and was a resident at the UT College of Medicine. She is affiliated with Children’s Hospital at Erlanger, Erlanger Bledsoe Hospital, Erlanger East Hospital, and Erlanger North Hospital. Dr. Goins heads the NICU follow up clinic.

Stacy Lightfoot, Vice President, College & Career Success, Public Education Foundation, coordinates the PEF's Camp College program, an intensive college planning weekend retreat for first-generation and low-income students. Additionally, Ms. Lightfoot manages the Passport Scholars program, providing young women of promise with residential summer enrichment experiences across the country.

Stephen Ratterman, Jr. is a Senior Vice President with Pinnacle Financial Partners.  Mr. Ratterman earned a B.B.A. in Managerial Finance and Investment Analysis from the University of Mississippi and is a graduate of the Southeastern School of Banking conducted at the Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University 

Matt Rivers is the Principal Product Manager at BlueCross Blue Shield of Tennessee. Mr. Rivers received his B.A. from the University of the South and earned a Master of Public Administration from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a concentration in Nonprofit Management.  Currently, he is participating in the 2017 UTC Executive Education Leadership Program.

Eddie Russell, president of SecureAmerica, has been involved in facility services for 20 years. Mr. Russell serves as a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Building Services Contractor Association International (BSCAI) and Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce. 

Dr. Jim Shire is a physician specializing in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and owner of Shire Facial Plastic Surgery.  A graduate of Ohio State University and the Medical College of Ohio, Dr. Shire completed a medical residency at the University of Cincinnati and a fellowship at Tulane University.  He practices at Erlanger and Memorial hospitals, and his research is published regularly in medical journals.

Scott LeRoy and Dr. Jim Shire will return to the Board of Directors.  Other community leaders continuing their terms on the board include David Binder, Julie Brandao, Lee Davis, Greg Eaves, Betty Lebovitz, Carla Morgan, Larry Parks, Valerie Rutledge, Robert Siskin, Robert Snetman, Edna Varner, and Rachael Welch. 

Helen Pregulman and JoAnn Yates will join the advisory committee. 


Free Summer Workshops for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders


Chattanooga, Tenn., May 16, 2018


Siskin Children’s Institute, in partnership with the Chattanooga Autism Center and Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Treatment & Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) program, will offer three workshops this summer for parents with children diagnosed or suspected of having an autism spectrum disorder. Workshops will be held on June 9, July 14, and August 11 from 10am-1pm at Siskin Children’s Institute. 

Each session will last three hours and focus on providing parents and caregivers strategies, based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), they can use at home, school, and in the community. Summer topics include developing visual supports, improving mealtime routines, and beginning toilet training. 

These workshops are free, but parents and caregivers are asked to RSVP at Limited childcare is available first come, first served.


siskin children's Institute help kids with special needs at home


Chattanooga, Tenn., May 9, 2018


The Home and Community-Based Early Intervention Program (HCBEI) at Siskin Children’s Institute is primarily focused on helping children with special needs, ages birth to three years, through best practices in the field of early intervention. 

Deidra Love, Director of the HCBEI program, explains, “The best way to help and support young children in their growth and development is to support their families and caregivers. We do that by making weekly home visits where we discuss child and family needs with the caregiver; then we help them develop strategies to accomplish their goals.” Love further notes that very young children learn best in familiar environments and in the regular routines of their day. Furthermore, they need repetition and practice to learn new skills. Families and caregivers are the best people to work with them throughout the day, since they are with them all of those hours when the professionals are not there. 

Jennifer Lawhorn is the mother of Jadon, a child who was in the HCBEI program for over two years. She says that her son has overcome so many struggles and continues to meet goals and accomplish milestones monthly. She is grateful for the support of the program because it ultimately changed their lives. “Our developmental therapist and our physical therapist are the most caring and compassionate people I have ever met. Jadon is not “just another child” to them; he is loved by them, and our family considers them family.”

Catherine Millard, a Lead Developmental Therapists at Siskin Children’s Institute, explains that the HCBEI program provides families with various types of support such as modeling specific developmental techniques, coaching, providing feedback, sharing information about child development, and brainstorming with them to develop a plan of action. When Catherine was asked why Siskin Children’s Institute is so special to her, her response was one that sums it up best. “Siskin is so special to me because I firmly believe in its mission to support families of children with special needs. These are often the families that feel most isolated, and it humbles me to know that Siskin is an organization that reaches far beyond the walls of our building to provide help for families who quite possibly need it the most.”
The HCBEI program is supported by Tennessee’s Early Intervention System (TEIS), a state program that serves children with special needs, ages birth to three. If you think your child could benefit from the HCBEI program provided at Siskin Children’s Institute, you can make a referral directly to the Chattanooga office of TEIS at 423-624-6344.


vanderbilt presenting free training on developmental disabilities at siskin children's institute


Chattanooga, Tenn., April 9, 2018


Twenty-five percent of outpatient pediatric visits are for developmental or behavioral concerns. To help both families and professionals, the Vanderbilt Consortium LEND is holding a series of free conferences and workshops in Chattanooga and other Tennessee cities.

For families, the half-day session will help parents be effective advocates for their child with an intellectual and developmental disability. Experts will address a range of topics, including autism, intellectual disability, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorders (ADHD), cerebral palsy, learning disabilities, and congenital Zika

For professionals, the Vanderbilt Consortium LEND is providing an Interprofessional Course on Developmental Disabilities in Pediatrics—Including Congenital Zika.

The Interprofessional Course is designed for a broad range of professionals, including community pediatricians, family physicians, pediatric and family nurse practitioners, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, dieticians, speech-language pathologists, special education teachers, school administrators, audiologists, social workers, and clinical and developmental psychologists. CME/CNE credits are available.


Siskin/Vanderbilt Partner to bring autism assessment training to Chattanooga


Chattanooga, Tenn., March 21, 2018


Siskin Children’s Institute (SCI), in partnership with VanderbiltKennedy Center, is excited to host a two-day professional training workshop,April 12 and 13, on the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) for behavioralhealth professionals.

“Withthe rising diagnostic rates of autism spectrum disorders, there is a need toprovide additional training to local professionals to expand diagnostic optionsfor families of children with autism concerns,” says Dr. Brandon Rodgers,Director of Behavioral Health Services at SCI. “Our hope is that equipping moreprofessionals with these tools will result in shorter wait times for childrento receive these critical assessment services in the Chattanooga area.”

SiskinChildren’s Institute is pleased that Dr. Gotham, one of the assessment’s developers,will lead the two-day training. More than 60professionals from across the country including Kennedy Krieger, LSU,University of Texas, Florida, Colorado and more will join local and regional professionalsas they develop the skills to utilize this essential tool. Participants willalso be provided continuing education credit through Vanderbilt University.

Thanksto a grant from the Rotary Club of Chattanooga, 25 local and regionalprofessionals including behavioral health providers, representatives from localpublic schools, speech-language pathologists, and private providers ineducation and pediatrics will be able to attend this vital workshop at no cost. 


Siskin Children’s Institute Hosts 42nd Annual StyleWorks Event 


Chattanooga, Tenn., March 12, 2018


Siskin Children’s Institute is pleased to announce Kim Leffew and Carrie Eaves as the co-chairs for the 2018 StyleWorks luncheon and fashion show. A spring tradition in Chattanooga, StyleWorks – Fashion with Compassion supports Siskin Children’s Institute’s programs that serve more than 2,600 children with special needs and their families annually. StyleWorks, will take place on Thursday, May 3, beginning at 11:00am at the Chattanooga Convention Center.
This year’s event welcomes a new presenting sponsor, Dillard’s, known for providing designer apparel, shoes, and accessories as well as highend beauty products and home goods. Local models as well as current and former children of the Institute along with their families will showcase Dillard’s trendiest clothing and accessories in the StyleWorks runway fashion show, produced by Kim Coulter Style Makers. Guests will be treated to a show full of smiling faces that highlight the work of Siskin Children’s Institute.