Schreiber Stories

If you’ve ever been to Schreiber, you know the place is full of amazing stories. The dedicated staff that works with the kids every day. An amazing team of volunteers, from the folks who help with office tasks to board members and committee members. And the families.

Especially the families.

The moms and dads who deal with some of the toughest situations a parent can face. And the kids. The kids who come in here and put in so much work to make their lives better, more independent. And they do it with smiles.

There are lots of stories that we know you – in Lancaster County and beyond – would be interested in and connect with. And we want to tell them.

That’s the purpose of this blog.

And we want to hear from you – parents of Schreiber kiddos, Schreiber alumni, volunteers – so that we hear about the stories we might not know about. Leave a comment here, contact us on Facebook, or shoot me an email.

Happy birthday, Ben McRee

Ben was born with an intellectual disability and developed Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD. His mom, Kathy Trippe-McRee, brought him to Schreiber for help with his speech and his fine and gross motor skills. He started learning sign language when he was 3. “The first thing he ever signed was ‘reindeer’,” Kathy said. “It…

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Kids and the science of color perception

Here at Schreiber, we think quite a bit about color perception. Occupational therapists and other medical professionals have long studied the effects of different colors on our behaviors. Children who have hypersensitivity to light often become “overstimulated” in bright colored environments. Turning off the light in the room, or using sunglasses or large brimmed hats…

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THON starts today at Penn State

Some of the kids receive treatments that can have devastating physical side effects. And Schreiber is one of the pediatric therapy centers that provides services to help these kids recover. A child who receives treatment for a brain tumor might need to relearn how to walk or talk, or they might acquire cognitive impairments or…

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2015 Ambassadors: Sienna Matthews and Anthony Melendez

Sienna Matthews Age: 4 School: Circle of Friends Academy Daycare Parents: Ashley Shank and Cord Matthews, Lititz Favorite foods: spaghetti and pizza Favorite activities: therapeutic riding, dancing and playing with Play-Doh SiSi has been coming to Schreiber since she was 18 months old. Her mom Ashley says SiSi was diagnosed with symptoms related to cerebellar…

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Meet the 2015 Ambassadors: Alex Johanning

Alexander Johanning Age: 8 Grade and school: 2nd grade, Lampeter Elementary Parents: Lisa and Tim Johanning, Lancaster What he watches: “Sophia the First,” “Beauty and the Beast” When he grows up he wants to: Be an actor. Alex was born with Down syndrome, a genetic chromasomal disorder that causes intellectual disabilities and developmental delays. He…

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