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Heartspring has been a leader and innovator in creating hope and opportunity for children with special needs and their families since it was founded in 1934 as the Institute of Logopedics. The face and even the name may have changed over the years, but the common thread that continues to run through the organization is the dedication to its mission of helping children with special needs find greater independence. Today, Heartspring provides a wide range of services and therapies through several programs including the Heartspring School, Pediatrics Services and Autism Services. Over time, the organization has grown and evolved to meet the ever-changing challenges of children locally, regionally and nationally.
The Heartspring School is a not-for-profit residential and day school serving children ages five through 21 from across the country. Heartspring students are impacted by developmental disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, speech and language impairments, vision or hearing impairments and multiple disabilities. It is truly a unique educational setting that encompasses all areas of a student’s life including education, residential living, psychology, social opportunities, vocational opportunities and medical care. Each student has his or her own individualized programming, which utilizes evidence-based and emerging best practices.
Heartspring Pediatric Services offers a wide range of therapies and interventions such as occupational, physical and speech therapies, audiology and psychological services to children ages birth to 21 in the Wichita area and across the state. The outpatient comprehensive facility follows medical model practices. It is designed to allow families and professionals to work together as a team to ensure progress across multiple settings. Therapists use hands-on therapeutic interventions in an individualized setting while teaching families how to implement strategies at home and in the community.
Heartspring’s Autism Services Program provides a wide variety of innovative services and resources for individuals, families, professionals and community members affected by a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and related symptoms. Building and enriching a meaningful life for each family member is the focus of services provided and are highlighted through the various programs offered. Autism Services at Heartspring consists of the Community of Autism Resources and Education (CARE) program and Behavioral Services including Applied Behavioral Analysis.
Heartspring and everyone who works there has made all the difference in our daughter's life and, in turn, our family's lives. Living and learning there has literally saved her.—Heartspring School Parent/Guardian
Mission, Vision, Values
To be a leader and innovator in providing clinically supported services through education and therapies for children with special needs to empower them to grow and learn on a path to a more independent life.
Creating hope and opportunity that changes the lives of children with special needs and their families.
Board of Trustees
Wichita State University
Assistant Director School of Accountancy
Intrust Bank (Retired)
Sr. Vice President Private Wealth Management
Past Board Chair
Flint Hills Resources, LP (Retired)
Senior Vice President Human Resources
Bothner and Bradley, Inc.
Cox Communications Inc.
Director of Finance
Berry Companies Inc. (Retired)
VP of Bobcat Operations
UMB Bank SVP/Wealth Advisor
Private Wealth Management
Great Plains Health Alliance
JOHN E. RAPP
Hinkle Law Firm
USI Insurance Services, LLC
Textron Financial Corporation (Retired)
Manager Investment Control
F. ROBERT SMITH
Foulston Siefkin LLP
VP, Institutional Advisor