Improving Life Skills
ChildServe’s Occupational Therapy Program helps children improve function and promote development to be more independent in their homes, schools and communities. Our Occupational Therapists use play, therapeutic activities, and special techniques to develop motor, sensory, visual, attention and decision-making skills so children can be successful in their world.
Why choose ChildServe?
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, the Universal Exercise Unit (UEU)The Universal Exercise Unit (UEU) is a favorite with many kids, who sometimes refer to it as “the Octopus.” The UEU provides a unique and effective physical therapy option in which children are comfortably suspended just off the ground or therapy table. Therapists are able to work specific muscles and coordination skills through this therapy.
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Who We Serve
We Know Kids
ChildServe offers a variety of specialty areas and clinics to help children reach specific goals faster. Our Occupational Therapy specialty programs include the Astronaut Training Program, Animal-Assisted Therapy, Brachial Plexus Injury (BPI) Program, Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT), Life Skills, Motor Planning and Coordination, Neuro and Reflex Intensive Program, Sensory Integration and Praxis Testing, SOS Feeding Therapy, Spasticity Management, Therapeutic Listening, Therapeutic Positioning, and Visual Rehabilitation.
We Care about Families
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to receive services?
ChildServe’s Occupational Therapy program serves children and young adults (infant-21 years) who have special healthcare needs or movement difficulties resulting from physical or brain injuries, developmental delays, or other illness. Children must also fit the following qualifications:
- Have skills below age-level or are at risk of delay in mobility, fine motor, self-help, or feeding
- Medically stable
- No actively contagious condition
- Able to tolerate exposure to other people and children and transport to/from ChildServe
- Appropriate endurance up through prescribed therapy sessions
How can Occupational Therapy help my child?
The Occupational Therapists at ChildServe can help you find programs designed to support your child’s needs. Common areas of treatment include:
- Fine Motor Skills / Handwriting
- Visual Motor & Perceptual Skills
- Activities of Daily Living
- Sensory Processing / Sensory Integration
- Motor Planning / Coordination
- Splinting / Joint Mobility / Casting
- Developmental Skills
- Play Skills
- Adaptive Equipment Recommendation
- Wheelchair Positioning
- Environmental Modification / Accessibility
- Feeding Therapy
- Spasticity Management
- Therapeutic Positioning
- Neuro Re-education / Reflex Integration
- Development of Restorative / Maintenance Programs
How are referrals made?
To make a referral or request more information, call 515-331-4518 to talk with a Medical Social Worker who will help identify a funding source and send out an application for services.
Where are ChildServe’s Occupational Therapy services offered?
- ChildServe – Ames
- ChildServe – Johnston
- ChildServe – Iowa City
We also offer on-site occupational therapy for children enrolled in childcare at the ChildServe Childcare Center in Johnston or children receiving Day Health services at our ChildServe – Des Moines location.
How are services authorized and funded?
Therapy services are funded through Iowa Medicaid, private insurance, or private pay. Services are authorized by the individual’s payor source and require a physician’s order. ChildServe will help the family in finding these items. The fees for each specific child and service will be discussed during the intake process.
When are ChildServe’s Occupational Therapy services offered?
Hours of operation for Johnston and Ames:
- Monday-Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Hours of operation for Iowa City:
- Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
What specialized equipment or technology does ChildServe use?
Our special equipment and technology include the following items:
- Interactive Metronome
- FES Bike
- Universal Exercise Unit (UEU)
- Bioness Integrated Therapy System (BITS)
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If you would like to make a referral, or if you have questions for our team, please email email@example.com. Be sure to include which location you are interested in so we can connect you with the right team member.
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ChildServe Center - Ames
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ChildServe improves the health and well-being of 5,200 children each year through specialized clinical, home, and community-based programs and services. We serve children with developmental delays, disabilities, injuries, and other special healthcare needs.