Turnstone's new pedatric therapy wing is complete
Apr 10, 2012 (The News-Sentinel - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Walk through the brand new Madge Rothschild Pediatric Therapy Wing at Turnstone Center for Children and Adults with Disabilities and one gets a feeling of light and space.
The $1.4 million project has added 10,000 square feet to the existing structure, 3320 North Clinton St. There are a total of ten new Therapy treatment areas including a large open area for Physical and Occupational Therapy. Within this area is a large tree house that sits on a real Californian tree featuring a staircase and a slide. It looks a little bit like a house from a Doctor Seuss book; the ceiling tiles above it are shaped like clouds. The stairs on the tree house explained Jennifer Neher, Director of development and marketing at Turnstone, allow kids a fun way to work on their physical and occupational therapy, the reward is coming down the slide. There will also be a climbing wall adjacent to the tree house, but it hasn't been installed yet.
The fun, child friendly atmosphere helps their young clients said Nancy Lorraine, executive director of Turnstone, it makes therapy, which can often not be much fun for a child, an enjoyable experience.
Turnstone has provided therapy, wellness education and recreational programs for children and adults with disabilities in northeast Indiana for 68 years. It was originally founded to help kids with developmental disabilities. Fifteen percent of the children it is currently treating come from outside Allen County.
For the first time they have room for an augmentative and alternative communications lab. In the lab there are numerous devices for people who don't have, or who have lost the ability to communicate through speech. Some are people who are operating at a high cogitative level, while other devices are for those with moderate to limited functions. The idea said Chanda Lichtsinn, SLP Pediatric Therapy Manager, is to let their patients try a number of the devices to find out which works best for them. That way when they order one of these devices, which can cost as much at $17,000, they can be sure they have chosen the best one for their needs. Before the new wing was added they had no room for a lab like this Lichtsinn said. They were able to purchase the devices in the lab through a grant from CVS Charitable Trust and Theta Theta Chapter of the Psi Iota Xi Sorority.
They also have a "snoezelen," which is a controlled multi-sensory environment designed to calm, relax, stimulate and empower the student. It was designed in Sweden and will be the first in Indiana. In the snoezelen there will be chairs that vibrate; tall, clear plastic tubes filled with fluid that have balls that slowly float to the top; padded walls and floor mats; an infinity panel; long, touchable fiber-optic lights; and a ball pit with balls that vibrate.
A large part of the money for the expansion came from the Madge Rothschild Foundation. Turnstone also received donations from the McMillan Foundation, English Bonter Mitchell Foundation, Mimi and Ian Rolland Foundation, Carson and Rosemary Noecker Family Foundation, and Petroleum Traders Corp, Paul Yergens and Virginia Yergens Rogers Foundation, Lutheran Health Network-Lutheran Children's Hospital, NIPSCO, CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, Theta Theta Chapter of the Psi Iota Xi Sorority and other individuals.
There will be a ribbon cutting celebrating the opening of the Madge Rothschild Pediatric Therapy Wing, April 11, at 11 a.m. On April 25th from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and on April 28th, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the public is invited to tour the new wing.
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