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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.”

To learn how you can support Siskin Children's Institute visit siskin.org/giving

 

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.

 

For more information about developmental pediatrics and therapy at Siskin Children’s Institute, click here.



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, efite@timesfreepress.com, 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: siskin.org/play or contact Hunter Smith at smithwi@baylorschool.org

 



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 siskin.org/workshops. 

“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

 

Chattanooga, Tenn., September 22, 2019

 

More than 2,000 children with special needs from six different states walked through the doors of the Center for Developmental Pediatrics at Siskin Children's Institute in the past year.

Many of them come seeking treatment and support for developmental delays and disorders, while others come with families seeking answers.

About half of the kids will have a diagnosis of Down syndrome, cerebral palsy or a genetic disorder. The other half will be diagnosed with autism or suspected of autism.

Siskin houses the area's only board certified developmental behavioral pediatrician specially trained to treat these disorders. And although those 2,000 children benefit greatly from the service, Derek Bullard, president and CEO of Siskin Children's Institute, said it's not enough.

Read the full article.

As reported in the Chattanooga Times Free Press - September 22, 2091- Author: Elizabeth Fite

 


Siskin Children’s Institute Provides Free Parent Workshops This Fall

 

Chattanooga, Tenn., September 19, 2019

 

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - 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 beused 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 informationon these free sessions visit siskin.org/workshops.

“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.

 


multi-platinum selling band starship to rock starnight, featuring mickey thomas

 

Chattanooga, Tenn., July 3, 2019

 

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – SiskinChildren’s Institute is excited to announce this year’s concert headliner,Starship Featuring Mickey Thomas. StarNight 2019 will be held on Saturday,August 24 at the Chattanooga Convention Center with Alnoor and Gina Dhanani ofThe Double Cola Company taking the helm as co-chairs. 

Mickey Thomasis the owner of the soaring voice that propelled Starship through the decadesof the 80’s and 90’s. With his soulful and compelling vocals, Mickey hasestablished himself as one of Rock Music’s most recognizable stars. Mickey madehis mark in 1976 as lead vocalist on the mega-hit “Fooled Around and Fell inLove” with The Elvin Bishop Band. In 1979, Mickey’s joined Jefferson Starshipas lead vocalist, after the departure of Grace Slick and Marty Balin.

Backed by thepower of Mickey’s vocals, Jefferson Starship immediately scored a #1 hit with“Jane.” With this new sound and powerful new vocals, the group was renamed Starshipand continued to record an amazing string of hits including “No Way Out”, “We BuiltThis City”, “Sara”, and earned an Oscar nomination for the #1 hit “NothingGonna Stop Us Now” from the movie, Mannequin.Other top hits included “Find Your Way Back”, “Stranger”, “Laying It on theLine”, and “It’s Not Over Till It’s Over” which became Major League Baseball’stheme in 1987.

Moreover, every Starship album released since 1979 has gone Gold, Platinum, orMulti-Platinum. Mickey’s stellar voice and video charisma on Starship’s videoclassics such as “We Built This City” and “Sara” have become staples on MTV andVH1. In addition to Mickey, band members include Jeff Adams – bass, John Roth –guitar, Phil Bennett – keyboards, Darrell Verdusco – drums, and Stephanie Calvert– vocals.  

StarNightguests will enjoy a full night of entertainment as Chattanooga native RobinGrant will grace our cocktail reception stage. Robin has been delighting localaudiences for many years. With the recent release of her first criticallyacclaimed CD, Good Girls she is nowgarnering national acclaim. Good Girlsis a collection of original jazz songs reminiscent of the all-time great standards.The album debuted at number four on iTunes jazz charts. Robin's soulfulstylings may take her listeners back to the great Tinpan Alley days of the1920's 30's and 40's, but it's with an edgy delivery and sizzle that resonateswith the youthful in body & spirit. Her live shows showcase her vocalsthroughout her diverse repertoire of all-time-favorites mixed with her popularoriginal compositions.  

To round outthe night, Bizz & Everyday People will keep you dancing in the StarNightafter party. The group, based out of Nashville, TN, hosts dynamic talents whohave dedicated their lives to music. They’ve performed all across the SouthernUnited States since 2011.  

StarNight 2019wouldn’t be possible without our sponsors:  Double Cola Company, Siskin Steel & Supply Company, SecurAmerica,Hamico, Southeastern Salvage, JoAnn Yates, CBL Properties, Mitch and Deborah Everhart, Athens Distributing,Chattanooga Times Free Press, Sinclair Broadcasting Group, Reagan Outdoor Advertising, 98.1 The Lake, and Allegra Printing.

StarNight 2019opens with a cocktail reception with Robin Grant beginning at 6 p.m., thenmoves to a formal dinner followed by a concert performance by StarshipFeaturing Mickey Thomas. An electrifying after-party with dancing and music fromBizz & Everyday People will round out the night.


For more information and tickets, visit siskin.org/starnight.

 


Siskin Children’s Institute Announces family advisory council members

 

Chattanooga, Tenn., June 24, 2019

 

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. –Siskin Children’s Institute Family Voices of Tennessee Southeast Partnership selected 17 individuals to serve on the inaugural Family Advisory Council. This group of parents, alongside representatives of community partners, will focus on bringing awareness and changes in areas of importance to families caring for children with chronic illness, special health care needs, and disabilities. 

“We are happy to bring together parents caring for children with special needs as well as those who have grown children to work alongside our community partners to advocate for changes in our community,” says Lisa Spurlock, coordinator of the Family Voices of Tennessee program at Siskin Children’s Institute. “Together we can provide vital connections for families and serve as a vehicle of communication and collaboration between family leaders and community leaders working to reach common goals through family-centered care, inclusion, advocacy."

Family Advisory Council members were appointed after all candidates underwent an interview process to gauge their ability to advocate on behalf of the children with special needs and their families, share their own experiences openly and effectively, and build an active and engaged community of parents.

Those selected for the Family Advisory Council are Kathy Corley, Alyssa Darmody, Chrystal Murphy, April Nesin, Morgan Oostra, Mequitta Owens, Cindy Parker, Caroline Rogers, Sara Scott, and Mary Jane Thomas. 

The following individuals represent community partners selected to serve: Ashley Allen, Erlanger Medical Center, Family Advisory Council Leader; Roddy Coe, Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities; Elaine Adams Gossett, City of Chattanooga, Therapeutic Recreation; Valerie Rutledge, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, College of Health, Education, and Professional Studies; Kristi Tankersley, Orange Grove Center, Tennessee Family Support Program; and April Wilson, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, College of Social Work.

The Helen Siskin Pregulman Family Voices of Tennessee Southeast Partnership offers resources, support, and guidance to parents as they care for children with special healthcare needs, chronic illnesses, or disabilities.

 


Siskin Children’s Institute Announces Co-chairs for Annual StarNight Concert Gala
Alnoor and Gina Dhanani to take the helm

 

Chattanooga, Tenn., June 4, 2019

 

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Siskin Children’s Institute is excited to announce this year’s co-chairs for StarNight 2019, Alnoor and Gina Dhanani. Siskin Children’s Institute holds a special place in the hearts of Alnoor and Gina, as their youngest daughter attended the Siskin Early Learning Center for several years. StarNight, Chattanooga’s premiere gala, will be held on Saturday, August 24 at the Chattanooga Convention Center and welcome nearly 1500 people for a night of music, dancing, and fun in support of children with special needs served by the Institute. 

“We are thrilled to be chosen as this year’s StarNight co-chairs,” says Gina Dhanani. “Siskin Children’s Institute is such a special place for families in our community and we know that first hand as our daughter attended the early learning center for several years. We saw the love and friendship that blossomed with all the children in that inclusive environment and are grateful she was able to experience that at such an early age. We couldn’t be happier to support the great work of Siskin Children’s Institute and all they are doing for children with special needs.” 

Alnoor Dhanani is the President and C.E.O. of The Double Cola Company, a part of the K. J. Group of Companies. Double-Cola is a 90 year old company that was founded in Chattanooga, TN and still maintains its headquarters here. Alnoor has extensive experience in international business, having negotiated investment and licensing agreements in several countries around the world. In the course of these negotiations, he has worked closely with local governments and with public and private sector institutions. Alnoor has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree from Schiller College (London) and has also attended the MSBA graduate program of Boston University. Alnoor has been involved with several community organizations United Way, Metropolitan YMCA, Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, and UTC among others.
Gina Dhanani is the Chief Operating Officer of The Double Cola Company. She has been with The Double Cola Company since 2004, and has been extremely influential in leading the company’s growth over the last several years. She has shown true vision for the company through the planning and execution of new products, such as QUAD Energy, MINOKU Coconut Water, and ZILI Tea—products that have expanded the company’s traditional product offering for the first time in 90+ years. As a mother of four, Gina has a heart for advocating for children and practices this through volunteering her time with several local non-profits. Gina holds a bachelor’s degree from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and an MBA from Auburn University. She is also a graduate of the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Chattanooga and Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute’s Women Mentoring Women. In 2009, Gina was recognized in City Scope Magazine’s Gold Club, featuring 30 influential business leaders in the community, and was featured in Chatter Magazine’s “20 under 40” in 2018. 

StarNight 2019 opens with a cocktail reception beginning at 6 p.m., then moves to a formal dinner followed by a concert performance. An electrifying after-party with dancing and music from Bizz & Everyday People will round out the night. 

For more information and tickets, visit siskin.org/starnight

 


Southeastern Salvage Home Emporium Provides New Landscaping 

 

Chattanooga, Tenn., May 15, 2019

 

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Southeastern Salvage, a locally owned home store, along with owners Bubba and Carla Morgan have generously helped create a more inviting area outside the main entrance for children and their families, valued at more than $15,000. The Morgans recruited the team at Reedy’s Landscaping including owners, Galen and Barbara, to help design and bring to life a beautiful and welcoming entryway to be enjoyed as families bring their children with special needs to the Institute for specialized services such as therapy and developmental assessments.  

“We are so grateful for Southeastern Salvage Home Emporium and the Morgan family’s support over the years,” says Derek Bullard, president and CEO of Siskin Children’s Institute. “Because of their incredible donations we have been able to reallocate those dollars into programs and services for children with special needs in our community.” 

Children from the Siskin Early Learning Center also had the opportunity to explore the area as part of a classroom project on bugs and insects. The children spent time digging for worms and looking for interesting bugs they could research to learn more about their natural environments and life cycle.

The Morgan family has been a long-time supporter of the Institute’s work serving children with special needs in our community and have given not only of their resources, but also their time. Carla has served on the Institute’s board of directors and chaired the marketing and development committee for many years while their daughter, McCall, co-founded a mixed doubles tennis tournament alongside a classmate at Baylor School benefiting the Institute. The family chaired StarNight in 2016, the largest fundraiser for Siskin Children’s Institute and dedicated numerous hours to organizing the event.

“We’d never be able to do all that we can for children with special needs in this community if it weren’t for friends like the Morgan family and Southeastern Salvage Home Emporium,” says Linda McReynolds, director of development and communication at the Institute. “We are so blessed for their more than 30 years of support.”

 


Normal Park Students Visit Siskin Museum of Religious Artifacts

 

Chattanooga, Tenn., May 10, 2019

 

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Students from Normal Park Museum Magnet School’s 6th grade class visited the Siskin Museum of Religious Artifacts housed at Siskin Children’s Institute in early May. Students have spent the semester learning about different religions around the world. Each class had the opportunity to view rare and precious artifacts that were part of a larger collection of religious pieces dating back to 16th century.

Mose and Garrison Siskin, founders of Siskin Children’s Institute, commissioned Rabbi Harris Swift to collect artifacts. Through a series of trips to Europe in the 1950s he located and purchased religious artifacts, many representing their Jewish faith. Swift was able to collect more than 400 pieces including 247 Judaic and 140 Christian ranging from the 16th to 20th century. In addition, a number of pieces were collected representing Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, and others.  

Students visiting the museum were tasked with identifying and illustrating pieces that represented various world religions while also finding pieces that were meaningful to them. The visit was the culmination of a semester of study on world religions.

The Siskin Museum of Religious Artifacts is housed at Siskin Children’s Institute and is open to the public for self-guided tours Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm. Guided tours are available by appointment. To learn more about the Siskin Museum of Religious Artifacts, visit siskin.org/museum.

 
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