Community Corner: Siskin Children’s Institute


This week we welcome Steffanie Altman of the Siskin’s Children’s Institute to talk about their recent expansion into Nashville, their vision for the future, and how community members can get involved. Founded in 1950, the Siskin Children’s Institute works to improve the quality of life for children with special needs and their families.

Among a litany of other services, Siskin offers diagnostic visits, treatment and therapy. Although it goes without saying, one of the biggest barriers to accessing these services is cost. According to Siskin, the average diagnostic visit costs around $600, and insurance covers, on average, around $225. That leaves $365 left for Siskin to recoup – meaning that for literally a dollar a day, you could cover a child’s cost of their initial visit.

Although Siskin was originally founded in Chattanooga, they recently expanded to Nashville in early 2020. Despite expanding right before a global pandemic, Siskin has gracefully navigated the added challenges by embracing telehealth and ensuring rigorous health protocols for in-person visits.

If you have the means to do so, please consider supporting Siskin today with a donation. For all of the ways to give, click here! For the full interview with Steffanie Altman of the Siskin Children’s Institute, listen below: