Schreiber Pediatric Center - FAQs for Parents

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FAQs for Parents

  1. What type of programs and services does Schreiber Pediatric offer?
  2. How do I get a referral to Schreiber Pediatric?
  3. What happens when I visit the Center for the first time?
  4. How do I pay for my child's care?
  5. What is my role in the therapy program?
  6. How is the preschool and daycare different at Schreiber Pediatric?
  7. When should my child start speaking?
  8. When should my child start walking?

1. What type of programs and services does Schreiber Pediatric offer?

The Center offers physical, occupational and speech-langauge therapy, recreational programs, a reverse-mainstream preschool, inclusional daycare, social services and family support, as well as respite care for infants, children and adolescents (ages birth to twenty-one years). Click here to read more about our Scope of Care

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2. How do I get a referral to Schreiber Pediatric?

Our Social Services department receives referrals from parents or guardians, teachers, physicians and nurses, MH/MR, Early Intervention, IU 13 and other agencies in the community.

Most therapy services require a physician's prescription. If a prescription is required for the service you need, you will be informed prior to your visit.

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3. What happens when I visit the Center for the first time?

Once the Center receives a referral, an initial evaluation or treatment schedule will be arranged. At the time of your initial visit to Schreiber Pediatric, a member of our Social Services department will meet with you to conduct an intake interview. The purpose of the interview is to acquaint you with our services and to obtain information about your child's history which may relate to your child's treatment. The interview involves an orientation and completion of a family history form.

You should bring the following items along for your first visit to the Center:

* Insurance card (if applicable)
* Child/family history form (this will be mailed to you when your first appointment is scheduled)
* Prescription for therapy and/or physician recommendation
* Insurance forms (these are included in your welcome packet)
* School reports (CER/IEP) and any other recent reports regarding your child's development

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4. How do I pay for my child's care?

Schreiber Pediatric is a charitable organization - our doors are always open to any child who needs rehabilitation services. No one is ever turned away due to financial difficulties.

The Center has provider status with most insurance plans and Health Maintenance Organizations. Funding is available for those families who may not have insurance. If you have any financial concerns, please contact our Social Services Department. Our professional staff is available to work with you and provide information about payment options, which range from free (for those children who qualify) to sliding scale fees based upon household income. Your child may also qualify for medical assistance depending on his or her disability.

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5. What is my role in the therapy program?

Schreiber Pediatric encourages parents' involvement in their child's program. Our therapists meet regularly with families to review a child's progress and develop future goals. They also offer suggestions for activities that can be done in the home to maximize results and build independence.

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6. How is the preschool and daycare different at Schreiber Pediatric?

The programs are inclusional, which means that children with disabilities and developmental delays have an opportunity to interact with typical children each day. This integration has many benefits. The children with special needs have additional role models besides their teachers, and they gain confidence to try new skills by emulating their typical classmates. The typical students learn to understand, accept and value diversity, and they become more sensitive to children who may seem different because of their special needs.

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7. When should my child start speaking?

Children grow and develop in their own unique way and at their own pace. A child's age may act as a guide since there is a general range during which most children develop certain skills. If you think that your child is not developing as heor she should, discuss these concerns with your child's physician. Your child may simply need some extra help to meet his or her individual needs, and your physician can help you to decide the best course of treatment. The staff of Schreiber Pediatric is also available to talk with you about any concerns you have about your child's development.

Children begin to imitate some sounds at age 3 to 6 months. By the age of 6 to 9 months, infants start to react to voices and make new sounds. They will babble, laugh and coo with familiar people. They often speak one or more words between 9 and 12 months. By age 12 to 24 months, toddlers will imitate simple sounds and words.

For more information about children's development, please contact Schreiber Pediatric at (717) 393-0425 to receive our brochure on developmental milestones in young children.

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8. When should my child start walking?

By the age of 9 to 12 months, infants will pull themselves up and hold on to furniture as they move around. They will begin to stand independently. Toddlers between the age of 12 and 24 months often walk independently and can walk up and down stairs with hand-held assistance.

For more information about children's development, please contact Schreiber Pediatric at (717) 393-0425 to receive our brochure on developmental milestones in young children.

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