Written by April O’Day
Photography by Kelly O’Keefe
EBS, the global leader in services for the birth to 21-year-old population, has opened EBS Children’s Institute in West Chester. EBS Children’s Institute provides specialized services for families in Chester County, training and mentorship programs for healthcare professionals, and research opportunities to help advance the field.
The nationwide organization began as a management, training and consulting group for specialized services for the birth to 21 year old population more than 30 years ago. “Our corporate headquarters is in West Chester,” points out Kimberly McGinley, MA, CCC-SLP, Director of EBS Children’s Institute. “We originated in the community and launching this exceptional facility gives us a wonderful opportunity to give back to local families and support them with our services.”
McGinley, a speech-language pathologist, earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees locally, from West Chester University. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and throughout her 20-plus years of experience, she has obtained training and certification in various therapy techniques and programs such as PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System), Floortime, Hanen and ECT (Environmental Communication Teaching).
McGinley has practiced in a range of settings, including clinics, homes and schools. She is a well-known speaker representing her field at state conferences and national conventions. The director is joined by a highly qualified multidisciplinary staff. The institute offers services including speech and language therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, behavior intervention and special education. The local team is supported by a nationwide network of resources and experts in the field.
EBS Children’s Institute is a state-of-the-art research, training and treatment facility that features a sensory gym, motor areas, observation rooms, consultation offices, as well as individual and group therapy rooms. A multi-purpose room is set up for multi-disciplinary evaluations and treatment. A designated area for Activities of Daily Living (ADL) includes a handicapped accessible, full working kitchen, complete with cook top, oven, microwave, dishwasher and washer/dryer. EBS also provides home-based early intervention, community-based therapy, school-based partnerships, and center-based programs.
McGinley is quick to emphasize the importance of an individualized approach that EBS Children’s Institute takes. “We understand that each family is unique, and we provide our multidisciplinary services with a family-centered approach. After thorough evaluation, we determine the individual needs of each client and family, and then base treatment and programs accordingly.”
The director and specialists work with families in planning and implementing therapies. Parents know their child better than anyone, and the knowledge they bring to the team is invaluable. A combination of clinical expertise, evidence-based research and parental insight is used to establish the best and most effective programming for each child. The overall goal is to help children achieve success in daily life functions, such as communication, movement and learning, while gaining confidence and independence.
EBS is committed to advancing the healthcare and therapy fields by conducting research in partnerships with top experts and universities across the country. EBS Children’s Institute is also dedicated to developing the best and brightest clinicians possible through high-quality training and ongoing support. The facility gives clinicians the opportunity to expand their knowledge and strengthen their clinical skills in speech therapy, language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, special education, psychology, behavioral therapy, developmental therapy and more. “We have an unrivaled commitment to providing training that will empower clinicians to excel in their fields,” says McGinley.
EBS Children’s Institute also offers training and support to families. Consistent family participation during treatment is essential to a child’s progress in therapy. Families have the opportunity to learn new strategies and activities to use in everyday life that can increase their child’s rate of progress and facilitate carryover of new skills.
McGinley and the staff of EBS Children’s Institute look forward to welcoming Chester County families. “If families have concerns with their child’s physical, cognitive, developmental, language, behavior or learning abilities, we invite them to come and explore the exceptional services that EBS Children’s Institute can provide.”
Featured in Chester County Life Magazine, September/October 2012