Clients can be referred to Schreiber Pediatric for physical, occupational and speech-language therapy or behavioral health services by a parent or family member; a family physician, pediatrician or other health care provider; case managers, social workers or mental health providers; counselors or teachers. A prescription from a doctor is required for these services.
Contact our Social Services Department at 717-393-0425 ext.158 to schedule an initial consultation. We must have a prescription to schedule the appointment.
FAQ for Parents
The Center offers physical, occupational and speech-language therapy, recreational programs, a reverse-mainstream preschool, and an inclusive day care program.
Our Social Services Department receives referrals from parents or guardians, teachers, physicians and nurses, BHDS, Early Intervention, IU 13 and other agencies in the community.
Our occupational, physical and speech-language 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.
Behavioral health services do not require a doctor’s prescription or referral.
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 go over our policies and procedures.
You should bring the following items along for your first visit to the Center:
- Your child
- Your insurance card
- School reports (CER/IEP) and any other recent reports regarding your child’s development
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.
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.
The programs are inclusive, 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.
FAQ for Physicians
The Center offers physical, occupational and speech-language therapy, recreational programs, a reverse-mainstream preschool, inclusive daycare, social services and family support, as well as respite care for infants, children and adolescents (ages birth to 21).
The Center’s staff is comprised of individuals certified in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech-Language Therapy, Special Education and Social Services, as well as Licensed Professional Counselors and Licensed Social Workers. Many of these individuals have sub-specialties in pediatric services.
EI is a collection of services designed to help families balance the challenges of parenting. EI can enhance your child’s development by building upon the natural learning occurring in the first several years. Through these services, parents can receive information about their child’s growth, improve both developmental and educational growth, help children with developmental delays become more independent and help prevent the need for additional costly intervention in the future. EI is a free service for families. To refer to the birth to age 3 part of EI, please call Lancaster County BHDS at (717)399-7323; to refer to the preschool (age 3-school age) part of EI, please contact Lancaster County IU13 Preschool Program at (717)606-1601.
Schreiber Pediatric has contracts with BHDS and IU 13 to provide physical, occupational and speech-language therapy, special instruction, preschool and feeding consults. Referrals are made by BHDS case managers and/or IU 13 staff. BHDS clients range in age from birth to 3 years, while IU clients are 3 to 5 years old. The Center is contracted to provide services with both agencies.
Schreiber Pediatric receives referrals for services from physicians. A prescription is also needed from a physician to initiate services at the Center. Parents are asked to sign a release to allow Center therapists and social services staff to obtain information from the physician and to provide important information concerning progress to the physician.
The Center accepts most insurance plans, including all of the Medical Assistance plans for this area. If you would like to inquire about a plan, please phone our Billing Department at 717-393-0425.
Families without insurance may qualify for a reduced service fee, which is contingent upon household income. In addition, the child may qualify for one of the entitlement programs that are currently being offered through other agencies.