Family Support

The Schreiber Center provides a range of services for families, from infant massage classes for parents of newborns to baby signing classes for parents interested in building communication and respite care that offers a break from the daily work of raising a child with special needs.


BACK FOR 2021: The Respite Care program provides parents with an opportunity for a break in the ongoing care of their child with special needs. The program is available for children with disabilities and their siblings.

Dates: Fridays: Sept. 24, Oct. 22 and Nov. 12
Time: 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Age: 2 to 21 years
Location: Schreiber Center
Cost: $10 per child per evening, $5 for siblings
Deadline: Kindly reserve your child’s space at least one week prior to each respite care by calling Jennifer Bachman at 717-393-0425 x158.

Baby Signing

Baby Sign classes are a new resource available from Schreiber Pediatric. Classes are for parents and hearing babies and toddlers ages 6 months to 2 years. One session lasts three weeks, and classes are held at Schreiber.

Learn the how, where, when and why of introducing baby signs to hearing infants and toddlers. Learning to sign stimulates language development, decreases a baby’s frustration and crying, and gives a baby the means to share her thoughts and start a conversation before she can speak.

For parents, signing allows caregivers to understand a baby before he speaks and engages the entire family.

The classes are taught by Dorlas Riley, a speech-language pathologist who has extensive experience in pediatric communication development, including using sign language with hearing and hearing-impaired children. She is certified by the American Speech Language Hearing Association.

To participate in a class or receive one-on-one instruction, contact Dorlas Riley by email or at 717-393-0425 ext. 120.

Infant Massage

Schreiber offers infant massage classes, under the direction of Becky Smith, an occupational pediatric therapist and a certified infant massage instructor. Infant massage offers a range of benefits for babies, from stronger bonding and attachment for improved sleep and language development. Parents benefit too, as massage can decrease post-natal depression for mothers and promote early involvement for fathers. Classes are for babies ages birth to 12 months developmentally.

For details or to register: contact Becky Smith at 717-393-0425 ext. 537.