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.
Have questions? We have answers.
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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