Introducing Anna Shaw Children’s Institute – Opening April 2019
Welcome to the first issue of a quarterly newsletter to provide you with updates about the Anna Shaw Children’s Institute.
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Halfway to Completion
For children, summertime brings thoughts of warmer temperatures, swimming, lightening bugs, camps, and other fun, exciting things. The summer of 2018 will be a hallmark memory for the Anna Shaw Children’s Institute because June 2018 is the halfway point to completion in our construction. Construction began October 31, of 2017 and will be finished by March 31, 2019. We are in an exciting time as the area transitions from bare soil to the framework of what will become the final building of our treehouse design.
The following series of pictures shows the progress:
The structure’s roofline and design are taking shape. When looking at the construction site, it is easy to see the treehouse style of the building. The outside of the building will pull together the elements of glass, wood, and mountain stone in a color palette of browns, greens, and blues to reflect the beauty of the North Georgia mountains. The floor-to-ceiling windows will provide natural light to warmly flow into the interior of the building.
Once inside, the colors in nature will continue to influence the architecture. The first floor will be based on the design of the forest floor blending the neutral tans and browns with grays. Wayfinding will be accomplished with changes in the flooring patterns to direct families to registration areas and then to play areas for them to enjoy prior to their appointments. The second floor advances up through the forest into the understory layer, transitioning from neutral colors and adding more green into the wall design as well as into the wayfinding plans for the carpeting. The third floor moves into the forest’s canopy layer which expands to capture the blue of the skies. Sprinkled throughout the building will be whimsical areas for children to play and discover. A monumental staircase will provide a fun way for children and families to climb through the forest canopy. A decorative elevator will also transport families through each level of the building. Because some children have challenges with the experience of elevators, parking is available on both the first and the second floors, to provide easy, walk-in access to the Children’s Institute. Being considerate of children’s differing abilities to tolerate light, sound, and texture, the Anna Shaw Children’s Institute has been designed to provide a unique environment with the overall goal to blend calming color and fun play for children of all abilities.
As the building progresses, we are also progressing with building our team of care champions. The Institute will have a large team to care for children and assist families. Hamilton is finalizing plans to have specialists including developmental behavioral pediatricians, child and adolescent psychologists, board-certified behavioral analysts, as well as physical, occupational, speech/feeding and music therapists. A care navigator will support families through the diagnostic and treatment processes, as well as assist parents with locating support groups, specialized summer camps, and other resources.
Additionally, our providers will collaborate with pediatric sub-specialists in the areas of neurology, genetics, gastroenterology, endocrinology, and others. The pediatric sub-specialists will have a dedicated care area in the Institute and will travel to the Children’s Institute to provide care for the children.
Although we are only at the halfway mark, exciting events are happening to take us all the way to the top! In the fall edition of Tree Top Talk, we will be discussing the Topping Off Tribute and Celebration!
Be on the lookout for the next update in September 2018.
Why do we need Anna Shaw Children’s Institute?
We have a large number of families who are impacted by developmental delays in our area. Currently, in Murray and Whitfield counties, there are 16,300 plus children who are diagnosed with a developmental delay. If children in our neighboring counties of Catoosa and Gordon are included, another 11,200 plus children are added or an increase of 60%. The delay could be physical, meaning the child is unable to use his or her arms or legs like someone the same age. For example, perhaps the child has muscular dystrophy or cerebral palsy, and must use a wheelchair to get from one place to another. A child could also have a speech delay, so he or she couldn’t communicate with family and friends. The team at the Anna Shaw Children’s Institute is needed to assist children with therapies to maximize development.
We have higher rates of autism in Georgia, compared to the national average. One in 68 children in the United States is impacted by Autism; however, in the state of Georgia, one in 64 children is diagnosed with autism, meaning it occurs slightly more frequently in our area.
Our families are waiting an incredibly long time to receive care for their children suspected of having developmental delays. The wait time from suspicion of developmental delay to evaluation ranges from 6 to 24 months.
Who in our community is helping to guide the programs?
As early as September of 2017, parents of children with developmental delays and community partners were selected to pledge their commitment to participate on the Anna Shaw Children’s Institute Advisory Council. Each member brings a unique perspective to the team and their knowledge is helpful in designing not only the programs but the plans for the design of the building. This team will meet quarterly and more often if the need arises. Currently, there are 17 members on this council and they will be the connection to guide future programs and expansion efforts. The Advisory Council is pictured below: First row, left to right: Jennifer Farner, Jessica Truelove, Charlotte Poston, President, Laura Ogas, Vice President, Lindsey Coker, Secretary, Angela Sundstrom. Second row, left to right: Justin Lindsey, Laura Bock, Caroline Pence, Patty Arnold, Ruthie Rule and Kathy Hammontree. Not available for the picture were Matt Adams, Barry Blevins, Kathy McGhee Schleier, Dwayne Smith and Terri Woodruff.
What services will the institute provide?
- Medical evaluation and care for children, provided by developmental behavioral pediatricians.
- Child psychiatry services to provide testing, counseling and evaluations.
- Therapy services to provide physical, occupational, speech, feeding and music therapies.
- Nursing services to assist with individualized care for the children and a resource for parents.
- Family support services to help parents find the best resources for their child, such as summer camps, horseback riding sessions, community support groups, legal assistance, etc.
- Administrative support to assist with obtaining insurance pre-authorization for services.
June 2018: Halfway Huddle
June will be the half-way to completion mark for the Anna Shaw Children’s Institute!
Be on the lookout for the next update in June.
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