Schreiber Stories

Image shows Schreiber's 2023 Ambassadors. Top left: Graeme Top right: Malcolm Middle left: Lucas Middle right: Katelyn and Kalvin Bottom left: Schrieber logo Bottom right: Harper

If you’ve ever had the opportunity to visit Schreiber, you have seen firsthand a place brimming with captivating and inspiring stories. We are grateful to have a devoted staff of amazing therapists who diligently work with the children every day and fortunate to have a team of volunteers who contribute their time and effort to our mission.

But it is the families that truly stand out. From care takers navigating through some of the most challenging situations, to the children themselves working hard in every therapy session. We celebrate these resilient individuals who enter our doors and dedicate themselves to improving their lives and striving for independence all while wearing smiles on their faces.

There is an abundance of stories within our grasp. These stories are the essence of our purpose for this blog. We yearn to share them with you, to create connections, and to touch hearts.

We know there are stories we are not yet aware of though, which is where you come in. Care takers of Schreiber kids, Schreiber alumni, and volunteers, we want to hear from you. Your voices and experiences are invaluable, and we eagerly await the opportunity to hear from you!

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Gone buggie

Consider the case of little Elaina Sauder. Pink pants and a matching pink ribbon in her red hair. A happy, giggling little 5-year-old. Except where bugs are concerned. She’s on the autism spectrum with lots of sensory-processing issues. Her mom Joslyn says Elaina has been coming to Schreiber for occupational, physical and speech therapy for…

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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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