Concussion Clinic

Expert Concussion Care

ChildServe‘s Concussion Clinic evaluates and treats children and young adults who have experienced a concussion or concussion-like symptoms. Our pediatric specialists provide individualized therapy and recommendations to help children successfully return to school and play after a concussion. Our concussion experts use a series of tests, therapy exercises, and drills to make sure each child or teen recovers to the fullest extent possible.

Why choose ChildServe?

Board-Certified

ChildServe has the only board-certified pediatric rehab doctor in Iowa, Fred Klingbeil, MD, who treats children in the inpatient and outpatient programs.

Pediatric Experts

ChildServe’s pediatric experts include our Certified Brain Injury Specialists, and the only clinicians in Iowa who are certified as ImPACT Pediatric Care Providers.

CARF-Accredited

We hold CARF accreditationsBeing “CARF-accredited” means that the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities recognizes ChildServe as an organization that meets rigorous guidelines for service and quality and conforms to nationally and internationally recognized standards.
in pediatrics, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, with a specialization in brain injury.

Specialized Technology

ChildServe offers cutting-edge facilities and specialized technology including DynavisionDynavision is a leading technology used in the assessment and rehabilitation of concussions. The program helps ChildServe specialists develop individual rehabilitation plans for each child or young adult., SCATSCAT stands for Sport Concussion Assessment Tool. SCAT is a standardized tool used to evaluate injured athletes for concussion.
, and ImPACTImPACT stands for Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing. ImPACT is a computerized concussion management tool used to assess the brain after an injury.
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Teen using the Dynavision reflex test

Who We Serve

Our Concussion Clinic serves children and teens (aged birth through 21 years old) who have, or are suspected of having, a mild traumatic brain injury, or concussion.

Our Approach

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Leading Technology & Assessments

ChildServe’s Concussion Clinic uses industry-leading technology to assess and care for children and young adults recovering from concussions.

 

  • ImPACT® (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) was developed by clinical experts who pioneered the field. ImPACT is the most-widely used and most scientifically validated computerized concussion evaluation system. ImPACT provides trained clinicians at ChildServe with neurocognitive assessment tools and services that have been medically accepted as state-of-the-art best practices.
  • The Sport Concussion Assessment Tool (SCAT)  helps evaluate balance, coordination, cognition, symptoms, and neurological damage.
  • Dynavision, the leading visual-motor training device for concussion management, is used by professional sports teams to provide vestibular-ocular testing and rehabilitation. Dynavision tests the body’s vision and balance systems and how they impact decision-making and concentration under stress.
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Concussion Rehabilitation

ChildServe’s Outpatient Clinic provides comprehensive physical medicine and rehabilitation exams including serial assessments, medical monitoring of symptoms, and the ability to provide medical clearance for return-to-play. Our pediatric rehab specialists and Certified Brain Injury Specialists create individual, physician-approved recovery plans for each child. Plans may include physical, occupational, or speech therapy. The individualized programs incorporate functional and sport-specific skills to safely return children and young adults to school, sport, and daily activities.

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Expert Pediatric Team

ChildServe’s Concussion Clinic includes a variety of brain injury recovery specialists and is part of a comprehensive pediatric rehabilitation medicine program led by the only board-certified pediatric physiatrist in Iowa, Fred Klingbeil, MD. Our interdisciplinary approach to medical evaluation and rehabilitation following a concussion uses evidenced-based return-to-learn and return-to-play protocols.

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Baseline Testing

ChildServe also offers baseline concussion screenings. These tests measure skills prior to an injury, which provide valuable information to create a plan for return-to-learn and return-to-play decisions in the event of a concussion. Returning to school or physical activity too soon following a concussion can lead to a longer recovery, increased symptoms, and even serious brain injury or death.

Our Team of Pediatric Concussion Specialists

ChildServe’s Concussion Clinic team includes the following positions:

Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Physician

Pediatrician

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Certified Rehabilitation Nurse

Certified Brain Injury Specialist

Occupational Therapist

Physical Therapist

Speech Language Pathologist

Medical Social Worker

Jairika’s Story

After Jairika’s car crash, she noticed she didn’t quite feel the same. She had headaches, difficulty focusing and lost sensation in part of her left leg and foot. She didn’t have confidence walking or driving because she could no longer visually scan her area and react quickly.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How are referrals made?

To schedule your initial visit or to refer a child, contact our Concussion Clinic Operations Coordinator at 515-251-5555.

How are services authorized and funded?

Program costs are authorized and funded through commercial insurance and Medicaid. Specific fees will be discussed during the intake/admission process. Baseline testing is available by private pay.

Where are services provided?

The Concussion Clinic is located at ChildServe in Johnston. Enter through Welcome Center B.

When are services provided?

The Concussion Clinic’s hours of operation are as follows:

 

  • Monday-Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m

Contact Us!

ChildServe – Johnston

5406 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, IA 50131

(515) 727-8750

If you would like to make a referral, or if you have additional questions, please use the contact form below.

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ChildServe improves the health and well-being of over 3,600 children each year through specialized clinical, home, and community-based programs and services. We serve children with developmental delays, disabilities, acquired injuries, and other special healthcare needs.

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