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Amazing Things Can Happen, Even in Challenging Times

COVID-19 has impacted lives in many ways, but individuals continue to find ways to stay positive and stay connected in unprecedented times. For families that receive services at The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh – staying happy, healthy, and active is important to both physical and mental health as the community navigates this “new normal.”

Since 1902, The Children’s Institute has been proud to improve the quality of life for amazing individuals with physical, emotional, or intellectual challenges and their families by providing them access to expert resources and care through educational services, child and family services, outpatient behavioral health services, and outpatient therapy services – including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, and nutrition.

For parents like Shannon Striner whose 3-year-old daughter Sienna receives therapies at The Children’s Institute up to four times per week, the opportunity to continue those therapies through telehealth – newly implemented at The Children’s Institute – was crucial.

“The Children’s Institute has done so much for us. I had a feeling that they might be our lifeline and they have been … they really have,” said Striner.

In the midst of COVID-19, The Children’s Institute continued access to care through essential services including outpatient behavioral health and child and family services, as well as outpatient therapies. But with federal mandates closing schools for the remainder of the academic year to slow the curve of the virus, friends like Emma, Chloe, and Kai – students of The Day School at The Children’s Institute – have stayed connected virtually through video chats.

“We came up with a way to see our friends without ever leaving the house,” said Amy Marcinkiewicz, mother to Emma. For students with special educational and health care needs, it is critically important to keep them engaged and healthy. Following the closure of the school for the academic year, the educational team at The Children’s Institute implemented Online Continuity of Instruction (OCI) to continue the learning experience in a virtual setting.

As we continue to stay safe, we all try to stay connected amidst COVID-19 – apart, but together. The Children’s Institute is here as an amazing resource for families, during this challenging time and always.

Telehealth appointments are available. Call (412) 420-2447 to schedule a telehealth or priority in-person appointment with a licensed outpatient Behavioral Health therapist. Call (412) 420-2362 to schedule a telehealth appointment for outpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, the feeding program, or pain program.

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