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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 several months 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.”

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 almost all 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

Conditions Treated

In-person and telehealth 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 represent a difficult change. Please know we will do everything possible to make this transition 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 poster 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.

Back to School Help

You may have also started thinking about the changes your child may experience when they return to school, especially around social distancing. To help your child prepare for a return to school in the fall, we can also help with skills such as increasing your child’s tolerance to wear a mask or hand washing and/or social skills while remaining socially distant. 

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.


About Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network

Founded in 1908 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network is an internationally known physical rehabilitation provider that offers a complete continuum of care for adults and children with physical and cognitive challenges.

Good Shepherd’s 2,100 Associates treat patients at more than 70 locations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Good Shepherd cares for adults and children with catastrophic injuries and conditions, such as spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, amputation and major multiple traumas and provides outpatient musculoskeletal and orthopedic rehabilitation services, home health, long-term acute care and long-term care.

The Good Shepherd Physician Group is highly regarded for clinical excellence and its commitment to maximizing patients’ functional outcomes, delivering compassionate care and being a national leader in the use of innovative rehabilitation technologies. Good Shepherd physicians are experts who specialize in various aspects of rehabilitation care.

Good Shepherd is the world’s leading clinical user of the Ekso Bionics® exoskeleton to treat patients with spinal cord injuries and was one of four facilities internationally designated by Ekso as a “Center for Robotic Excellence.” Good Shepherd’s long-term care facilities have consistently received 5-star ratings from US News and World Report.

Good Shepherd is a not-for-profit health-care network with a strong commitment to building better communities through partnerships with organizations whose vision and values reflect its own. Good Shepherd partners with the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) to provide comprehensive rehabilitation and specialty services in the Greater Philadelphia area through Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a joint venture.