Day Health The Perfect Transition for Kendall
Kendall, age 2, went to childcare while her parents were at work, but the room was a little overwhelming for her. Her parents, Steven and Ashley, looked into ChildServe’s Day Health program to meet Kendall’s specific needs.
The only one of its kind in Iowa, ChildServe’s Day Health program offers integrated therapy, nursing, early intervention and skill development for children with special health care needs. After much success, the program that began at ChildServe Woodland Center has now expanded to include ChildServe in Ames.
“After just a few months in the program, Kendall was at ease and comfortable,” Ashley says. “Her transition has been very easy and the program started in Ames at a perfect time for us.”
At Day Health, Kendall receives her speech, occupational and physical therapy during the day and is already beginning to reach milestones her parents didn’t think were possible in such a short amount of time.
“Each child has goals that we work on daily,” explains supervisor Emily Hofer. ”Kendall needed to work on physical transitions like sitting to standing and mimicking simple words from staff members.”
After children finish a therapy session, therapists show other Day Health staff ways to integrate the therapy. Before Kendall goes home, Day Health staff talk with Ashley and Steven about her day and give them ideas for activities to do at home.
“Kendall is sitting up on her own, climbing up on furniture, walking and running around and eating food,” Ashley says. “It’s amazing and a huge difference from what she used to do. We’re blessed to have this program as an option.”
ChildServe improves the health and well-being of nearly 4,500 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.