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Anna Shaw Children’s Institute Receives Award

Anna Shaw Children’s Institute Receives Award Anna Shaw Children’s Institute recently received the highest award for architectural design at the 2019 Healthcare Design Showcase hosted by Healthcare Design Magazine. T he Institute, which opened April 1, was designed by Earl Swensson Associates (ESA). Dedicated to the memory of local philanthropist Anna Sue Shaw, the Institute is an advocate for the care of children who experience the challenges of autism spectrum disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or developmental delays. Children and families are able to receive diagnoses, treatment, therapy services, and support under one roof. craft. All craft supplies are provided free of charge. Join us around the base of the tree in the first-floor main lobby. All children are welcome! Parent Support Group

All parents, grandparents, guardians, and other family members of children with special needs are invited to take part in a parent-led Parent Support Group held on the

second Tuesday of each month, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The group meets in the Southern Magnolia room on the first floor of Anna Shaw Children’s Institute. Free childcare, pizza, drinks, and a fun activity are provided. Please RSVP to 706.226.8911.

“We absolutely love our building,” said Terri Woodruff, Anna Shaw Children’s Institute executive director. “The medical elements are hidden in the forest design so that, to the children, it looks like a treehouse in the forest. Children walk in and begin playing and exploring. They are calm and playful. The anxieties that can occur at a typical doctor’s office are just not present.”

With design elements inspired by the style of a treehouse, the Institute was designed to be considerate of children’s differing abilities to tolerate light, sound, and texture. The Institute provides a unique environment with the overall goal of helping children and families live happy, healthy lives. Photo Credit: Chad Mellon

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Each Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Anna Shaw Children’s Institute, a volunteer reads books to children and leads a C.H.A.M.P. Classes

Anna Shaw Children’s Institute offers free CHAMP classes on the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. CHAMP stands for “Classes to Help, Advise, and Motivate Parents.” The classes feature a different topic each month and are held in the Southern Magnolia room on the first floor of the Institute. Please RSVP to 706.226.8911. Limited childcare for children ages 12 and under is available. Anna Shaw Children’s Institute at Hamilton Medical Center 706.226.8900 HamiltonHealth.com/children 1201 Burleyson Road Dalton, Georgia

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