Pediatrics

Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital at Penn State Hershey Medical center is a destination for hope and healing for thousands of children and their families. As the only level 1 pediatric trauma center between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, with a level III-C neonatal intensive care unit, we serve the most populous rural regions in the nation with more than a million children in our referral area. Construction of the new free standing Children’s Hospital is well underway and expected to be completed by the Fall of 2012. The Children’s Hospital will represent the leading edge in medical facility design and will embody our commitment to family centered care.

That same commitment and dedication is internalized by our outpatient therapy services pediatric team, housed at our rehabilitation facility at 30 Hope Drive. In this facility, occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech-language pathologists with many years of experience partner with patients and their families to provide a comprehensive treatment plan and advanced patient care and program development. This includes procurement of assistive devices and equipment when required to ensure that services meet the patient’s needs as well as the family’s needs.

Our therapy staff works with patients with congenital and acquired diseases and injuries of infancy, childhood, and adolescence using the latest advances in methods and theory to provide the highest quality of pediatric rehabilitation services in our region. Diagnoses include but are not limited to the following:

  • Autism
  • Birth defects
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Developmental delay
  • Dysphagia/swallowing disorders
  • Feeding disorders
  • Genetic defects
  • Head trauma/injury
  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • Orthopaedic trauma/injury
  • Pediatric cancers
  • Scoliosis
  • Spina bifida
  • Torticollis

We specialize in mobilizing children with diverse diagnoses and complex medical needs and challenges. Our focus is to improve a child’s overall strength and functional skills required to enable a child to develop their cognitive, fine and gross motor skills to progress towards their developmental milestones. For younger children this often occurs in a play environment and we encourage parent or family participation. Our therapists have expertise in the ability to improve a child’s functional independence and mobility while working through their fear, anxiety, and pain thus leading to improved participation.