Wolf Pediatric to host open house Saturday

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Wolf Pediatric, a new occupational, speech and physical therapy service center for children at 4052 E. Van Buren in Eureka Springs, will offer a free developmental screening and open house from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18.

Founder Sheila Wolf said the free developmental screening will give parents the opportunity to check their children for developmental delay, something that’s become especially important throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Children typically learn by watching and mimicking those around them, Wolf said, and that’s difficult to do during virtual learning and telehealth appointments.

“Our children are falling behind and parents have concerns. This is a great time to come ask questions. We have a whole team of professionals that will be here that day representing the medical community,” Wolf said. “It’s quite exciting. This is our third clinic to open.”

The home office, Wolf Wellness, is located in Holiday Island and serves adults. Wolf said a second pediatric practice is located in Cassville, Mo.

“We’ve been blessed to help our Holiday Island patients for over six years and we’ve had wonderful results,” Wolf said.

Wolf Wellness is more about helping adults recovering from surgery or an injury, Wolf said, and patients tend to complete their treatment in a few weeks. That’s not how Wolf Pediatric works, Wolf said.

“We’ll be with these kids as they develop throughout their childhood. When we start these kids here, we build a relationship with them and their families that will last through school and their adolescence,” Wolf said. “To build that kind of bond and help the families in Eureka — that’s huge. We’re not going anywhere. We’re going to stay with these kids as they grow.”

As children grow and reach new milestones, Wolf said, new challenges can arise.

“We’re here for kiddos that struggle with developmental delay, whether it’s with speech or needing updated wheelchair positioning or training,” Wolf said. “This is ongoing. This isn’t a quick-fix kind of therapy.”

Wolf Pediatric serves children through local school districts, Wolf said, but many kids don’t qualify for in-school service. That’s why Wolf Pediatric is such an important tool for parents wondering how their children are developing, Wolf said.

“There are several children who still really need our services but haven’t fallen behind to the point where they’re in special education, or maybe they’re very bright and academically they’re maintaining the same level as their peers, but they still have struggles or challenges,” Wolf said. “Those are the kiddos we are excited to help, because they can’t get our services through school.”

The sign hasn’t even gone up at Wolf Pediatric, Wolf said, and the practice has already seen two clients. Wolf said she’s particularly proud to have two speech therapists on staff to help children in need.

“We went from not having a speech therapist and having an open position for two years because they’re really hard to get in this area,” Wolf said. “Adding speech therapy to our team really helps us make an impact with those children with relational disorders such as autism.”

Wolf said she’s excited to see everyone at the open house. There will be a free ball pit, bounce house and popcorn available for children at the event. Wolf said she can’t wait to serve more children in the Eureka Springs area.

“It’s completely rewarding, because it’s helping not just the child but the child’s teacher so they can have a better understanding of what strategies help them learn better,” Wolf said. “We really feel like we’re filling a need here in Eureka to help those families who are having to drive so far away for these services.”

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