How to Obtain Services

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.

COVID-19: Schreiber reminds families to be safe over Thanksgiving

Based on guidelines issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Health on Nov. 20, residents who travel outside of Pennsylvania are asked to:

  • Have a COVID test and quarantine until negative results are obtained
  • In lieu of a test, quarantine for 14 days from return to Pennsylvania

We ask if you plan to travel to a setting where you may likely be exposed to COVID, even within the state, please inform your therapist ahead of time and plan to change your therapy sessions to virtual or cancel for the recommended two weeks from the date of your return home. To adjust your therapy appointment, contact our Scheduling Department at 717-393-0425 option 5. Thank you for your cooperation as we do our best to protect our staff and your families.

COVID-19: Schreiber adjusts to Green Phase starting June 29

Gov. Tom Wolf ordered Lancaster County into the Green Phase of COVID-19 remediation effective June 26. To respond to that and to address some issues that have developed with summer weather upon us, we wanted to let you know about some changes to visitor processes that will begin Monday, June 29.

Entering and exiting the building. Families and other visitors to the center can park on either side of our main building and will be able to leave the building through the exit that is nearest their vehicle. If you parked in the east side lot (closest to Homestead Village), you can exit through the main entrance, being mindful of social distancing with those entering the building. If you parked in the west side lot (closest to the therapy wing and Good Drive), you can continue to exit through the therapy wing doors.

Circle of Friends families. One parent will be permitted to accompany their child or children to their rooms in the morning and to pick them up at the end of the day. Again, we ask visitors inside the building to be mindful of social distancing at all times.

Therapy visits. A parent bringing a child in for a therapy session may bring up to two siblings with her to the appointment. The siblings must be supervised and stay with the parent at all times; we cannot allow children to roam the hallways unattended. Also, we will now be able to provide seating outside of therapy rooms for parents to use during visits. The seats will be spaced appropriately to maintain safe social distancing and will be plastic so they can be cleaned regularly.

These guidelines remain in place

  • Everyone will continue to be screened outside the front entrance.
  • Masks will be required to enter the building, with the exception of children who can’t tolerate them.
  • Schreiber staff will continue our cleaning routine after visitors and in child care classrooms.
  • We will continue to emphasize hand washing and sanitizing before and after using facilities in the center.
  • If you or anyone in your family feel ill, please stay home.

Thank you for your attention and cooperation. Please continue to stay safe.

COVID-19: In-person therapy services resume May 18

Schreiber gradually will re-open the Center for therapy services starting Monday, May 18. We will offer limited appointments so that we can adhere to the public health and limited gatherings guidelines provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With those in mind, we have a few policies that will need to be followed to maintain the health and safety of you, your child and our staff.

  • All people entering the center (staff, families, children) must enter through the main front entrance, and each person will have their temperature taken before being allowed to enter.
  • We ask that you approach the front entrance for screening 5 minutes before your appointment time.
  • We ask that only one adult escort your child.
  • We ask that siblings not be brought into the building or onto the playground.
  • We expect everyone to wear a mask while in the building; if you don’t have one we will provide you with one. You can find resources here and here to help you and your child with masks.
  • If anyone in your home has any symptoms of a viral illness, including a fever or cough, please stay home. 

Due to the limited number of people allowed in the center, the appointment time you are offered may not be with your current therapist or at your regular appointment time. We will only be able to offer one service for each child per day. If your child receives more than one type of therapy, you will have to come on different days. If you only want to receive one therapy during this time, please let us know which therapy you prefer.  If your child is currently receiving services via teletherapy, you may continue with that until we return to a wider schedule of in-person appointments at the center.

If your child’s insurance information has changed since he or she was last here, please let us know when you call to schedule.

Please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to come into the center when we re-open, or if you would prefer to continue with teletherapy sessions by contacting Jen Bachman at or 717-393-0425, ext. 158. We look forward to being able to serve you and the many other families that rely on Schreiber. And we appreciate your patience and cooperation.

COVID-19: Telehealth services expand

Thanks to evolving approvals from area insurance providers, Schreiber’s ability to providCOVIe telehealth services to current Schreiber families has expanded. If you currently receive services at Schreiber and would be interested in exploring telehealth services, please contact Jen Bachman at 717-393-0425 ext. 158 or

Schreiber is also working with area health care providers to offer what is considered medically necessary occupational, physical or speech-language therapy. We will be contacting those families individually as we receive the referrals to set up initial evaluations and begin providing therapy at Schreiber as soon as possible.

FAQ for Parents

  • What types of programs and services does Schreiber Pediatric offer?

    The Center offers physical, occupational and speech-language therapy, recreational programs, a reverse-mainstream preschool, and an inclusive day care program.

  • How do I get a referral to Schreiber Pediatric?

    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.

  • What happens when I visit the Center for the first time?

    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
  • How do I pay for my child’s care?

    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.

  • What is my role in the therapy program?

    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.

  • How is the preschool and daycare different at Schreiber Pediatric?

    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

  • What type of programs and services does Schreiber Pediatric offer?

    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).

  • Who comprises the staff?

    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.

  • What is Early Intervention (EI)?

    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.

  • How does the Center work with BHDS and IU 13?

    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.

  • How does Schreiber Pediatric partner with physicians?

    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.

  • What insurance plans are accepted by Schreiber Pediatric?

    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.

  • What if a client doesn’t have insurance?

    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.