Schreiber Pediatric Names 2012 Ambassadors

(Lancaster, PA) – Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center of Lancaster County has named its 2012 Ambassador children. All four will be formally introduced at the Center’s 30th Annual Gala next month.The Center provides outpatient pediatric therapy for children with disabilities and developmental delays. Nationally accredited, Schreiber Pediatric is one of only six institutions of its kind in the entire country. Its four ambassadors, who will help educate the greater community about living with disabilities, are:

Brandon Hess, 4, son of Matthew and Shannon Hess, Marietta. Brandon has been coming to the Center since he was about ten months old. Clinically diagnosed with cerebral palsy, Brandon receives physical, occupational and speech-language therapy and currently attends the S.T.A.R.S. Preschool. Right now he is working on communicating with an iPad and strengthening his legs to stand and walk. His parents credit Schreiber Pediatric for his successes and say it truly is his favorite place to go.

Rylee Henry, 6, daughter of Jeremy and Carrie Anne, Mount Joy. Born with congenital deafness, hip dysplasia, congenital anomalies and the diagnosis of failure to thrive, she has defied all odds and has blossomed into an enthusiastic and loving little girl. She is currently learning to listen with the help of a cochlear implant, communicating with voice and sign language, and strengthening her muscles for balance and walking. Rylee loves coming to the Center for preschool, as well as seeing her classmates and therapists.

Ashlyn Shaffer, 11, daughter of Roy and Kathi Shaffer, Columbia. Born with Down syndrome, Ashlyn has been coming to Schreiber Pediatric since she was just a few weeks old. She is currently receiving speech therapy to work on communicating with her peers and occupational therapy to help with self care. Ashlyn’s family can’t imagine life without the Center and credits their daughter’s amazing progress to its staff.

Ryan Duh, 14, son of Darin and Debra Duh, Elizabethtown. Described by his parents as strong willed and determined, Ryan refuses to let his disabilities stand in the way of leading an independent life. As a baby, Ryan suffered from a stroke and now receives occupational and speech therapy at Schreiber to help with everyday tasks and communication.

Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center is a not-for-profit organization that provides family-centered education and therapy programs for infants, children and adolescents with special needs. Its goal-oriented approach maximizes each child’s ability to function as independently as possible within the community.

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