8AQUATIC THERAPY<<Physical therapist Cheryl Jabara works with clients at the local North YMCA swimming facility. This unique therapy experience helps children learn balance and other techniques in a new environment within the pool.NEW INITIATIVESPediatric Services at Heartspring continues to broaden our vision, passion and promise to the Wichita and surrounding communities. Gross revenue grew 27 percent in the past fiscal year, allowing us to reach more than 900 children. Each program saw an increase of at least 10 percent, with Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services growing an exceptional 92 percent!Our behavior services program providing ABA to children with autism was developed in 2008 with only two staff members and two clients. After realizing the need for this service, we began to dedicate more time and resources to this program. Today, we have two board-certified behavior analysts (BCBA), a board-certified assistant behavior analyst (BCaBA), two autism specialists and 20 tutors. We are proudly serving more than 70 children. Our staff is working with clients in their homes, in the Wichita and surrounding communities, at school and within clinical settings. Additionally, consultation services are more accessible to families through new telemedicine technologies.Some of our new initiatives also include rehabilitation programs in physical therapy services. We have developed a new telehealth relationship with Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. This partnership has enabled children to receive wheelchair and seating evaluations with a rehabilitation doctor, physical therapist and vendor. Our families can now save time and money by attending appointments on the Heartspring campus rather than traveling to Kansas City. Another partnership with the Greater Wichita YMCA’s North location has allowed children to receive aquatic therapy from a Heartspring physical therapist in a unique setting twice a week. Other expanded services include casting and fitting of orthotics, and gait analysis.We continue to work diligently to maximize our capacity to serve more children, specifically for those who have been diagnosed with hearing impairments. Our audiologist began cochlear implant mapping in the Spring of 2014. We hope to become a greater resource for families who typically travel out of Wichita or Kansas to access cochlear implant services, such as mapping and aural rehabilitation. Our staff members have joined the Sound Start and Cochlear Implant Alliance to enhance education and resources for our families.While this past fiscal year was filled with achievement, the Heartspring Pediatric Services staff is motivated to continue the growth of our programs. We look forward to serving another record-breaking amount of children and families in 2015!8PedalFest 2013 raised more than double the amount of the previous year. All proceeds will benefit local families through the Heartspring Pediatric Services Financial Assistance Fund.$57,476PEDALFESTRAISEDFOR CHILDRENWITHSPECIALNEEDSKimberly BeckerDirector of Pediatric Services& CONTINUED GROWTH
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