HEARTSPRING, INC. (HEARTSPRING), located in Wichita, Kansas, began in 1934 as a not-for-profit institution, serving children with speech defects and disorders. Today, Heartspring provides a wide range of services and therapies through several programs, including the Heartspring School and Heartspring Pediatric Services.
The Heartspring School is a therapeutic residential and day school program for children with severe developmental disabilities from across the United States. Many of these children cannot be served adequately through programs in their home school districts and look to Heartspring for its unique individualized programming, which utilizes evidence-based and emerging best practices. Students often have multiple diagnoses, including autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, speech and language impairments, visual impairments and other developmental disabilities.
Additionally, the Heartspring School offers training and consultation services to parents and professionals within the United States and around the world. Through its international outreach efforts, Heartspring professionals attend international conferences and work collaboratively with individuals from other organizations to forge a brighter pathway for children with special needs worldwide.
Heartspring’s Pediatric Services offers occupational, physical and speech therapies, audiology, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and psychological services to children ages birth to 21. As an outpatient comprehensive facility, Heartspring Pediatric Services follows medical model practices and works with families and other professionals from Wichita and the surrounding communities to ensure progress across multiple settings. Therapists use hands-on therapeutic interventions in an individualized setting, while teaching families how to continue therapy at home and in the community. Additional community services include autism outreach efforts for children and young adults on the autism spectrum. Programs consist of a summer day camp, weekly social groups, consultation services for families and training for businesses to provide greater opportunity to those impacted by autism spectrum disorders.