Animal-Assisted Therapy

ChildServe Animal-Assisted Therapy

Scientific research has shown that interaction with an animal can provide positive physical and emotional benefits.  It can reduce stress levels and invoke a sense of well-being.

Animal-assisted therapy acts as a catalyst to motivate patients to help themselves. A child will happily take a dog for a walk, or throw the animal a ball, forgetting the pain for a little while and moving closer to achieving their goals.

Among the benefits of animal-assisted therapy are the ways it motivates children to:
  • Get up, move, walk, leave their room, and play
  • Participate in therapy (physical, occupational, and speech)
  • Forget their discomfort or pain
  • Interact more with others
  • Improve their mood
  • Improve their interactions with family and staff
  • Do things that may be a struggle, such as eating, taking medication, or waiting
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Abilities Through Agility 

ChildServe offers the Abilities Through Agility(TM) program in cooperation with Paws & Effect, a volunteer organization of specially trained pet lovers and their pets.


Jenelle Clabaugh


Medical Social Worker

Phone Icon Jenelle Clabaugh 515-727-1561 Medical Social Worker   
515 727-1561
Pam Payeur


Medical Social Worker

Phone Icon Pam Payeur 515 727-1533 Medical Social Worker   
515 727-1533