Pediatric Specialty Care

Spotlight on Staff… Speech Language Pathologist

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The Speech Language Pathologist or Speech Therapist responsibilities are to work with each child to assess their ability to eat, swallow and communicate. If the child is able to eat by mouth, the speech therapist will help to determine the best food/texture for their diet. The speech therapist also accesses the child’s ability to communicate both verbally and/or through alternate means of communication which includes use of switches, picture boards, etc.

The Speech Therapist can help children with the following diagnoses:
¢ Aphasia
¢ AD/HD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder)
¢ Developmental apraxia of speech
¢ Language-based learning disabilities
¢ Stuttering
¢ Brain injury
¢ Orofacial myofunctional disorders (tongue thrust)
¢ Feeding problems
¢ Dysphagia or Swallowing problems
Speech Therapy is provided for children with:
¢ Tracheostomies
¢ Ventilators
¢ Passy Muir valves
¢ Augmentative and alternative communication devices


Emergency Placement… We are there when you need us most

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_MG_6743Family in crisis? Need immediate placement? PSC is there when you need us most. Our communities in Philadelphia and Point Pleasant are specifically equipped and trained to receive emergency placements. With compassionate care and efficient expertise, we are prepared to help in such situations.  We are proud to share just one example where our timely responsiveness “came to the rescue”.  Our hearts are touched by dozens of “happy ending” stories, just like this one.

Five year old male with diagnosis of Down Syndrome, Tracheostomy, Gtube:

Mother unable to care for the child due to circumstances, child was placed with his father who had no tracheostomy training.
Presented in the PCP office with his father and he could not complete his care.
Placement was arranged at PSC within 6 hours and he was admitted PSC safely.
Father was successfully trained at PSC and child was able to return home, after less than one month.


Register Now! May 19th Luncheon and Presentation, PSC at Hopewell

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THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2106  10 a.m. – 2 p.m. PEDIATRIC SPECIALTY CARE at HOPEWELL 2900 Johnson Street, Aliquippa, PA 15001  Roundtrip transportation provided (upon request, on limited basis) departing Children’s Hospital of UPMC at 9:45 a.m.

 To register and for more information, contact: Deborah Demme 724.777.3172

  • A delicious catered luncheon and opportunity to network.
  • Presentation by Mary Louise Russell MD FAAP, an Attending Pediatric Physiatrist at The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh. Dr. Russell also provides Physiatry services at Pediatric Specialty Care.
  • Informative tour of our nostalgic and beautiful Hopewell facility.
  • Introduction of the Pediatric Specialty Care Staff.
  • Interactive breakout sessions, including Able Gamers and The Children’s Institute.

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Tours of the facility

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Keynote presentation

12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. In-depth sessions including:  AbleGamers, The Children’s Institute Care Coordination and Day School,        Respiratory staff from The Children’s Institute and PSC, PSC programmers doing art with residents

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)„¢.  Other Health care professionals are awarded .1 continuing education units (CEU’s) which are equal to 1 contact hours. The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.


It’s National Nurse’s Week May 6-12, 2016

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ANA National Nurses Week 2016 logoThank you to all the nurses that serve the children and families at PSC, the hospitals, at home… and really everywhere. Your efforts matter, and you make a difference in their lives each and every day.  We honor and celebrate you.


Safety first!

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safety-firstPediatric Specialty Care is committed to providing the safest environment for the children, families, and communities we serve.  Over the years, we have taken great steps in the matter of securing all of our locations.  These well-established security measures include; locking exterior doors, visitor check-in procedures, and monitoring entry systems.  The safety and security of Pediatric Specialty Care’s children, families, and staff is of the utmost importance!


Summer… planning ahead! Check out our Themed weeks.

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SummerSummer will be here before we know it! Here at PSC, we enjoy getting creative and planning ahead… and the Summer theme weeks are no exception! Check out what we have coming up…

6/13-6/18: Science Camp Week
6/19-6/25: Backyard Fun Week
6/26-7/2: Adventure Week
7/3-7/9: Patriotic Week
7/10-7/16: Beach Week
7/17-7/23: “Vacation” to Disney
7/24- 7/30: Things-that-Go Week
7/31- 8/6: Hollywood Week
8/7- 8/13: Superhero Week
8/14- 8/20: Sports Week
8/21- 8/27: Back to School Week

The specific activities, crafts, events, etc. will vary at each of our 6 PA locations, but the theme is consistent each week. Stay tuned for more details!


PSC Offering transportation from CHOP to Point Pleasant

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_SMF1779PSC strives to offer its families the best service possible, and sometimes that includes services that extend beyond the “typical”. Our beautiful community in Point Pleasant is located on 30 picturesque acres in Bucks County.  A Shuttle is now available, to transport parents or families from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to Point Pleasant. This is available only Monday through Friday, with 24 hour reservation required. In addition, families must call and confirm pickup between 7am and 8am on the day of transport. Shuttle service will not be provided if the confirmation call is not made. Currently the times and locations are as follows:

CHOP: Pick up time at 10am at CHOP, Depart PSC PP at 2:30pm, arrive at CHOP at 4pm

DOYLESTOWN TRAIN STATION: Pick up time – 10:34am train; Leave PSC PP at 2pm; Arrive Doylestown – 2:26pm train

DOYLESTOWN 55 BUS: Pick up time 10:42am bus; Leave PSC PP at 2:30pm, Arrive Doylestown 2:58pm bus

  • All times/locations subject to change. Please contact us directly to confirm most current times/locations/availability.

March for Babies!

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March of Dimes April 2016Premature birth is the #1 killer of babies.  But it doesn’t have to be.

By raising money in March for Babies, you’re together, we are supporting programs that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies, and funding research to find causes and preventions.

That is why our Pediatric Specialty Care teams will be out and ready to go all around the state this coming month!  We have put together 5 teams to represent throughout Pennsylvania!  Can you tell our staff and volunteers are excited about this important cause?

BUCKS COUNTY  “Team Pediatric Specialty Care” – Sunday, April 24, 2016 Registration opens at 8am, event begins at 9am. Bucks County Community College, 275 Swamp Road, Newtown, PA 18940.

LEHIGH VALLEY – “Pretty Special Children Team” – Sunday, April 17, 2016, Registration 9:30am, Event begins 10:30am, Dorney Park, 3830 Dorney Park Road, Allentown, PA 18104

LANCASTER – “Team Pediatric Specialty Care” – Sunday, May 5, 2016, Registration 10:30am, Event begins 12noon, Long’s Park, Route 30 & Harrisburg Pike, Long’s Park Pavillion #1, Lancaster, PA 17601

PHILADELPHIA – “Team Pediatric Specialty Care” – Sunday, April 24, 2016, Registration 8am, event begins 9:30am, Philadelphia Art Museum, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130.

PITTSBURGH – “Team Pediatric Specialty Care” – Sunday, April 24, 2016. Registration 8am, event begins 9:30am, Heinz Field, 100 Art Rooney Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212.




April is National Autism Awareness Month

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Natl Autism Awareness Month April 2016April is National Autism Awareness Month.

  • Autism now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys.
  • Autism prevalence figures are growing.
  • Autism is one of the fastest-growing developmental disorders in the U.S.
  • Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average.
  • Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism.
  • There is no medical detection or cure for autism.

Some resource links for additional information:


April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

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NationalChildAbusePreventionMonthHelping children and families for over 20 years, PSC is equipped to handle crisis situations. We are staffed, trained and experienced in emergency placements. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Building Community, Building Hope…Strong, nurturing communities that are supportive of families can get involved and play a role in preventing child abuse and neglect and promoting child and family well-being. According to the national child welfare website link above, the Protective Factors include: Nurturing and attachment, Knowledge of parenting and child development, Parental resilience, Social connections, Concrete support for families, Social and emotional competence of children.

PSC is committed to doing its part to maximize the potential each child and family has, through recognizing and supporting these key Protective Factors.