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NEWS

Good Shepherd Pediatrics Is Ready To Serve You

We understand that your child has likely experienced a great deal of change over the past year with new routines around school, home, activities, friends and family.

Whether you’re a current family or new to Good Shepherd Pediatrics, you may have questions around your child’s therapy.

“We want to ensure that you and your child are comfortable, safe and know what to expect from Good Shepherd Pediatrics,” said Amanda Kleckner, PT, DPT, administrative director of Pediatrics at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network.

Services Available for Your Child

Good Shepherd Pediatrics is open and offering services, including physical, occupational and speech therapy, through in-person or telehealth visits. In addition to physical, occupational and speech therapy, Good Shepherd Pediatrics offers:

  • Recreational therapy
  • Gait training (including the state-of-the-art Trexo Plus robotic trainer)
  • Feeding therapy
  • Balance therapy
  • Evaluation for inpatient stay

Call 1-888-44-REHAB or request an appointment online.

Conditions Treated via In-Person and Telehealth

In-person and telehealth care is available for a number of conditions, including:

  • Developmental delays/learning difficulties
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Feeding difficulties
  • Brain and spinal cord injuries, including concussion
  • Sports and musculoskeletal injuries
  • Neurological disorders
  • Sensory difficulties
  • Speech and articulation disorders
  • Pediatric cancer

Clinic Safety Precautions

Because nothing is more important than the safety of your child and family, Good Shepherd Pediatrics has implemented numerous precautions in our clinics, including:

  • Health screening and temperature checks at every visit
  • Asking those children who can tolerate it to wear a mask
  • Requiring our staff to mask and wear goggles/face shields
  • Washing hands frequently with soap or hand sanitizer
  • Staggering appointments and creating socially distanced waiting rooms
  • Marking circles on the floor to show children where to stand (in most locations)
  • Asking that only one parent or caregiver accompany the child and that siblings not enter the clinic. You are welcome to wait outside if you need to bring a sibling along – simply call us when you arrive and we will accompany your child inside for therapy.

Support for You and Your Child

For many children, these precautions can be a challenge. Please know we will do everything possible to make it as easy as possible for them and have made numerous resources available:

  • Social stories that show pictures and simple explanations so you can teach your child about hand washing, the protective gear their therapist is wearing and other topics
  • Suggestions on how to help your child wear a mask if they are having difficulty
  • Fun, brightly colored posters with friendly reminders about our precautions

Parent Call-in Hours

One of our therapists can answer questions over the phone about developmental milestones and available community resources. Call 610-737-4037 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Telecoaching

Good Shepherd Pediatrics offers telecoaching, where Good Shepherd therapists serve as coaches during parent-led therapy.

Through telecoaching, Good Shepherd’s experts provide guidance on therapeutic exercises or activities, talk parents through challenges, observe home set-ups and help modify the home program as necessary.

Telecoaching is particularly helpful for when parents must turn off the computer or smartphone screen so their child remains focused on them. Parents can use ear buds, allowing the therapist to remain in communication with the parents. 

Call 1-888-44-REHAB or contact us online for more information on telecoaching.

Thank You for Trusting Good Shepherd Pediatrics

As always, your child’s therapist is available to support you and answer any questions or concerns you may have.

“Thank you for entrusting us with your child’s care, especially as we work together to help them navigate this new world,” Kleckner says. “It’s a responsibility we take seriously.”

Request your in-person or virtual visit online, call 1-888-44-REHAB or use our live chat.

(UPDATED Nov. 17, 2020)