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September 25, 2018

Collaboration is central to Schreiber's mission

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At Schreiber, we love to partner with other community organizations where missions overlap. We have exciting news about two new collaborations to talk about.

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September 21, 2018

A grateful Schreiber says thank you to the community

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In July, when we kicked off another season of selling tickets for this year's 30th Annual Rubber Duckie Race & Festival, we did so with some anxiety.

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August 8, 2018

Schreiber campers ease into the end of summer

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The teens from the Club 625 Camp gathered this week for one of their last outings of the summer, a visit to Sky Zone. Before they did that, they had an important job to take care of.

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July 11, 2018

Meet the Grassos, a second generation Schreiber family

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Starting services at Schreiber for two of her children did not create anxiety for Andrea Grasso. She had seen what Schreiber did for two of her sisters.

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February 8, 2018

Jason Hines found his voice at Schreiber

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Working the checkout line at Stauffers of Kissel Hill in Lititz, Jason Hines keeps up a steady stream of chatter with every customer who comes through his line.

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January 11, 2018

Coming to Schreiber: Essential advice on essential oils

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Ninette Jackson first sought out essential oils to help her dad, who suffered from Lou Gehrig's disease. A decade and lot of education later, she has become an essential oil guru. And she's right here in Lancaster County.

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October 27, 2017

Shorter wait times are a boost for Marin family

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We talk a lot about how the wait times to receive services at Schreiber have gone way down in the past five years. Velveth Marin, who has been bringing her two young sons to Schreiber for the past four years, has seen the change up close.

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October 10, 2017

The Brenneman boys are all Schreiber boys

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Danielle Brenneman's first son Miles was born with cerebral palsy. He received services from Schreiber starting with early intervention home visits from Schreiber Physical Therapist Kristie Schroeder when he was 6 months old, and began at Schreiber's S.T.A.R.S. Preschool when he was 3. Dani was so happy with all of her experiences, she sent two more boys -- Levi and Issac, both typically developing -- to Schreiber, too.

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October 5, 2017

The Extraordinary Give is coming

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The Extraordinary Give is less than two months away. Remember, this is the day of online giving organized by the Lancaster County Community Foundation to support participating central Pennsylvania nonprofits. The past few years, thanks to your generous support, we have been fortunate to finish among the top 10 nonprofits in terms of dollars raised and donations received. And that money has helped us provide services for kids like Shelby Stroman and Kami Appleby. With your help, we can do that again this year. Here's the plan.

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September 26, 2017

Happy birthday, Michelina

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Michelina Pilsner stopped in the middle of Schreiber's parking lot. Schreiber Occupational Therapist Amy Mosteller stood behind her and turned her away from the big truck that was parked nearby. There was a surprise waiting for Michelina.

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June 28, 2017

Preschool gets a visit from a GrumpaSaurusPotalope

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Randall Haines works in security at Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station. He was deployed twice as a captain in the Pennsylvania National Guard. But don't let the tough-guy resume fool you. Randall is just as comfortable sitting down with a bunch of preschoolers to read a book. His book.

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June 20, 2017

Michael Corretger: Hearing is believing

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If you haven't seen Michael Corretger's adorable little face, yet, you probably will soon. We've kind of adopted him here as the new face of Circle of Friends Academy, our daycare center.

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May 26, 2017

Seeing the glass half full with Shelby Stroman

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Steve Stroman said people are drawn to his daughter Shelby. Maybe it's her curious eyes and captivating smile. Maybe it's her fighting spirit. Whatever it is, there's no denying that you want to just hug her when you see her.

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May 10, 2017

Summer means camps at Schreiber

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For families that have children with special needs, the idea of a summer camp might seem out of reach.

Here at Schreiber, we make those camps completely reachable.

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May 5, 2017

Anthony Melendez's new look

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Anthony Menendez has been a Schreiber kiddo since he was a year old. For all of his time here, he has been a happy, energetic presence, in our S.T.A.R.S. preschool and during therapy visits. He even spent a year as a Schreiber Ambassador, attending our annual Gala and other fundraising events.

He managed all of that despite being born with serious physical challenges, including chronic lung disease and having several of his internal organs located in a sac outside his body.

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March 15, 2017

Scotty Chappell adjusting to life 'untethered'

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Scotty Chappell grimaced as he tried to grip the green putty as hard as he could.

"Squeeze as tight as you can -- that's right, tighter!" Laura Cunningham said to 4-year-old Scotty as he crushed the putty.

Scotty grunted as he continued to squeeze, and as soon as he saw the putty bulging out between his fingers, a large smile covered his face.

"All right, good job!" said Laura, Scotty's occupational therapist. "Now, can you do it again?"

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March 9, 2017

Schreiber speech therapist works her magic

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Every kiddo is different. But Schreiber Speech Therapist Katie Woods has seen enough children struggle with speech and language development that it didn't take her long to identify the issues for one of her current clients.

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February 23, 2017

Chris Yost teaches a new generation of young swimmers

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There's a pretty good chance you've seen Chris Yost at Schreiber, probably in a bathing suit. Chris is one of Schreiber's paid swim teachers, providing private lessons each week and leading the group lessons for our preschoolers each month. Her connection to Schreiber started as a volunteer.

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February 22, 2017

'Amazing little guy' learning to play with friends

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LJ Hamer, a 5-year-old Schreiber kiddo, chatted noisily next to his grandmother as they waited for a speech therapy session to begin. Sometimes his speech slipped into hard-to-understand phrases or didn't-make-sense chatter, but the smile never left his face.

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February 16, 2017

At Schreiber, we walk next to kids and families

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With Liz Datorre pushing gently on his back or holding the handle bars of his bike, 4-year-old Juelz Santos slowly pedaled around Schreiber Pediatric's therapy bike path. Without her help, Juelz doesn't have the leg strength to pedal on his own, Liz said.

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January 26, 2017

Bethanie Allen's pirate adventure becomes a book

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Bethanie Allen worked at Schreiber for a few years, starting in 2008 after she graduated from Elizabethtown College. She left in 2010 for family reasons, but she took with her the seed of an idea for a book. She's an occupational therapist, and she had found a way to use a pirate story to teach kids how to tie their shoes. She eventually turned the idea into a story book for kids, "Pirates of the Caribootin," which she self-published and released this month. Bethanie will return to Schreiber Jan. 30 to do her first book event and to help us kick off Pirate Week at Schreiber.

I talked to Bethanie by phone recently. Here's that conversation.

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January 9, 2017

AMBUCS rides to the rescue

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Among the many tools Schreiber therapists use to help kids with mobility challenges are these specialized adaptive bikes. We have a bunch of them here at the Center. And when it's makes sense, we try to help a few families have these bikes at home, too.

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June 21, 2016

Sophia Clay thrives at Schreiber

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Kelly Clay has been bringing her daughter Sophia to Schreiber Pediatric since she was about a year old. After hearing positive things about Schreiber from a family member, Kelly decided to come in for a consultation. Five years later, Kelly says she is pleased with the progress Sophia is making and the support the Schreiber community provides for her daughter and their family.

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April 8, 2016

Engineering progress for Teddy

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Three engineering students from Elizabethtown College, all seniors, waited and watched as Schreiber therapists Megan Campbell Roland and Alissa Popalis wrestled 3-year-old Teddy Rhoades into what looked like a life vest.

It was no ordinary vest, though.

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March 4, 2016

Meet the 2016 Ambassadors: Sophia Panzini

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This week, I've been writing about our 2016 Schreiber Ambassadors. Every year, a handful of parents accept our request to have their kids be our Ambassadors for a year. And every year, we have a handful of amazing stories to tell, stories that let us put faces on the work we do here at Schreiber. Today, say hello to the fourth and last member of the group, Sophia Panzini.

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March 2, 2016

Meet the 2016 Ambassadors: Ty McCabe

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This week, I'll be writing about our 2016 Schreiber Ambassadors. Every year, a handful of parents accept our request to have their kids be our Ambassadors for a year. And every year, we have a handful of amazing stories to tell, stories that let us put faces on the work we do here at Schreiber. Today, meet Tiberius "Ty" McCabe

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March 1, 2016

Meet the 2016 Ambassadors: Graham Lodwick

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This week, I'll be writing about our 2016 Schreiber Ambassadors. Every year, a handful of parents accept our request to have their kids be our Ambassadors for a year. And every year, we have a handful of amazing stories to tell, stories that let us put faces on the work we do here at Schreiber. Today, meet Graham Lodwick.

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February 29, 2016

Meet the 2016 Ambassadors: Sophia Clay

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This week, I'll be writing about our 2016 Schreiber Ambassadors. Every year, a handful of parents accept our request to have their kids be our Ambassador for a year. And every year, we have a handful of amazing stories to tell, stories that let us put faces on the work we do here at Schreiber. First up this year, Sophia Clay.

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February 22, 2016

Bike path project gets green light

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A bike path project that has been in the works for nearly three years took a big step forward recently, and thousands of kids who use bike riding in their therapy will soon have a beautiful new outdoor facility to explore.

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January 8, 2016

Jedi training coming to Schreiber

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Our fun and creative therapists have come up with a way to connect therapy for the kids with the buzz surrounding the latest Star Wars movie. Star Wars Week will be Jan. 25-29 here at the Center and will include a bunch of fun stuff throughout the week. I'll let OT Bernie Hershey explain how the structured activites they have in mind will help meet kiddoes therapy goals.

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November 11, 2015

A dad's story: One family's long road to recovery

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By Troy Brown

Over the next several months, I hope to share the journey that we have been on with our daughter, who suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2005.

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September 24, 2015

New group offers resources for parents

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Reenie Panzini, one of Schreiber's most passionate supporters and the parent of a teen with special needs, recently organized a new parents group. She calls the group Parents 625, a nod to the fact that the group initially plans to meet at the same time as Schreiber's Club 625 events for teens. The parents group will meet to discuss issues related to older teens as they transition into adult lives. Here's an update from Reenie on the first meeting.

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July 15, 2015

The best things in life are dirty

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"The Best Things in Life are Dirty!" -- so goes a song from "Paint Your Wagon," an old Broadway musical. The occupational therapists, preschool and daycare teachers at Schreiber Pediatric couldn't have agreed more when we started our planting season in the Schreiber courtyard this spring.

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July 6, 2015

No, really. Thank you

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We are constantly surprised and amazed (and grateful) for the generosity that comes our way. Especially when people take the time to write us a note.

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June 29, 2015

Duckie sales start this week

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July 1 marks the official start of tickets sales for the 2015 Rubber Duckie Race. As you might have already heard by now, the date of the race this year is Sunday, Sept. 13, but there's a lot of other new stuff happening around this year's race. This year's theme is Beach Party Duckies, so get the new collectible ducks now! Here are five things to know about our 27th Annual Rubber Duckie Race.

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June 2, 2015

Skipping like the wind

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Remy Colosi is a vivacious 6-year-old from Lampeter Township. She recently decided she wanted to try out for a part in a play. There was only one problem: She was going to have to skip as part of her audition, and she didn't know how to skip.

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June 1, 2015

My Story, Joanne Martin: Why I love Schreiber

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Joanne Martin is a Schreiber mom. Her son Chris has been coming to Schreiber since birth. She is also a powerful Schreiber advocate and fundraiser, having raised thousands of dollars for Schreiber at our annual Softball Weekend. She recently wrote about her passion for Schreiber on her Facebook page. We share an edited version of that post here now, with her permission.

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May 19, 2015

My Story: Jana Kuhns

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On March 30, 2014, Jana Kuhns, her little sister Jennie and their mother, RoseAnn, were passengers in a car driven by the girls' father, Joseph. The car skidded on an icy road, crossed into oncoming traffic and was struck broadside. Jennie was killed, and Jana suffered serious injuries. This is Jana's story.

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April 22, 2015

We will move on from United Way decision

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We knew there would be strong community reaction to news that the United Way of Lancaster County had rejected our application to receive any funding under the United Way's new collaborative grant award process. We understand it. We were disappointed by the decision, too. But we will carry on, as Schreiber always has.

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April 14, 2015

Gone buggie

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By Bernie Hershey
Occupational therapist

Spring is here, the weather is warmer. Time to go outside. For kids with sensory issues, that could be a problem: They might be afraid of bugs. And there are lots of bugs outside this time of year. Here at Schreiber, we can help with that.

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March 24, 2015

Happy birthday, Ben McRee

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Ben McRee's friendly face has been a fixture at Schreiber since he was about 3 years old. He turned 21 on Tuesday, which means he aged out. He is officially too old to receive services here. So we gave him a birthday party on his last day.

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March 11, 2015

An aspiring actor with Down syndrome

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When I saw that Alex Johanning wanted to be an actor when he grew up, I was intrigued. Alex has Down syndrome, and there aren't many professional actors with Down syndrome, that I know of. (Of course, I didn't know about this.) I wanted to find out more, so I watched Alex during one of his acting classes at the Fulton Theatre and talked to his mom, Lisa.

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February 20, 2015

THON starts today at Penn State

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The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, commonly known as THON, begins today in State College. The annual 46-hour dance marathon is billed as the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, and it raises money and awareness for the fight agaist pediatric cancer, according to thon.org, the official dance marathon website.

The money raised at THON -- it amounts to $114 million since 1977 -- benefits the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. The Fund provides direct support for children with cancer and their families.

Schreiber has a connection to this extraordinary philanthropic effort.

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February 19, 2015

Infant massage promotes development of sensory processing

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By Becky Smith
As an occupational therapist with 26 years of experience in pediatrics, I was ready to expand my skills, yet did not want to invest the time and money into earning an advanced degree. Becoming certified to teach infant massage seemed like the perfect answer. It was also a good way to influence the sensory development of infants, something that is extremely important to me as an occupational therapist.

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February 6, 2015

2015 Ambassadors: Sienna Matthews and Anthony Melendez

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Today, meet the final two of our 2015 Schreiber Ambassadors, and the two youngest, Sienna Matthews and Anthony Melendez.

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February 3, 2015

Meet the 2015 Ambassadors: Alex Johanning

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This week, I'm introducing the 2015 Schreiber Amassadors. Today, I'd like you to meet Alex Johanning, an 8-year-old overflowing with personality.

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February 2, 2015

Meet the 2015 Ambassadors: Emily Graver

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Well, I finally was able to meet all four of our 2015 Schreiber Ambassadors last week. We had them in for the annual rite that is the First Photo Shoot. This week, it's my pleasure to introduce them to you, starting with the "mom" of the group, Emily Graver.

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