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October 25, 2018

Changes bring start of new era

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Some of you probably already know that what we call Schreiber today has been around since 1936. In those 82 years, we have gone by several different names: The Society for Crippled Children and Adults, the National Easter Seals Society and, starting in 1994, Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center of Lancaster County.

Now, we are excited to tell you about our new name and introduce our new logo.

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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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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

Posted by Dan  Permalink 

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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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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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

Posted by Dan  Permalink 

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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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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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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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

Posted by Dan  Permalink 

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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December 6, 2016

McGyver those election signs for Schreiber kids

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By Becky Smith
Occupational Therapist
Schreiber Pediatric

What's the connection between those outdated campaign yard signs and kids with disabilities? Let me tell you.

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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

Posted by Dan  Permalink 

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

Posted by Dan  Permalink 

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

Posted by Dan  Permalink 

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

Posted by Dan  Permalink 

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

Posted by Dan  Permalink 

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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December 29, 2015

In the big picture, some big steps forward

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James DeBord

By James DeBord and Jon Hill
There are so many great things occurring every day at Schreiber that it can sometimes be hard to step back and take stock of what's happening in the bigger picture.
When we do that, though, we can tell you: The bigger picture looks pretty good, too.

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November 11, 2015

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

Posted by Dan  Permalink 

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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July 15, 2015

The best things in life are dirty

Posted by Dan  Permalink 

"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

Posted by Dan  Permalink 

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 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 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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March 2, 2015

Kids and the science of color perception

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By Bernie Hershey

If you spent any time on social media Thursday or Friday, you probably saw something about the gold-white/blue-black dress that lit up the Internet. It turns out the reason different people saw different colors had to do with the way our brains process and interpret color.

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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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