Improving Daily Life
Why choose ChildServe?
in pediatrics, brain injury, and inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation.
Our program makes use of specialized technology like the Functional Electrical Stimulation bikeThe Functional Electrical Stimulation bike and stepper, which was made possible by funds from the ChildServe Foundation, stimulates muscles with electric currents to help build them up after a long period of little use.
, DynavisionDynavision is a leading technology used in rehabilitation to stimulate the brain. By exercising cognitive processing, balance, and functional mobility, Dynavision improves decision-making and concentrating skills under stress.
, and the Universal Exercise UnitThe 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.
within our state-of-the-art, kid-friendly facilities.
Who We Serve
Physical disabilities or impairments
Delay in achieving age-appropriate developmental milestones
Functional limitations related to balance, walking or gross motor coordination
Changes in physical function and health status resulting from injury, disease or surgery
Problems with basic movement (absent or limited)
Concussions and/or sports related injuries
Orthopedic conditions or injuries
Processing disorders that affect coordination, motor or functional skills
We Know Kids
ChildServe offers a variety of specialty areas and clinics to help children reach specific goals faster. Our physical therapy specialty programs include Spasticity Management, Function Electrical Stimulation (FES), Universal Exercise Unit (UEU), seating and positioning, splinting and casting, Aquatic Therapy (Johnston only), Tortocollis management, and Cranial Symmetry.
We Care about Families
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to receive Physical Therapy?
Our Physical Therapy program helps children with developmental delays, range-of-motion limitations, and abnormal tone with the goal of promoting functional gross motor skills. Children must fit the following qualifications:
- Medically stable
- Free of actively contagious condition
- Able to tolerate exposure to other people and children and transport to/from ChildServe
- Able to participate during therapy sessions
How are referrals made?
To make a referral or request more information, call 515-331-4518 to speak to a Medical Social Worker who will help identify a funding source and send out an application for services.
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, which ChildServe can help the family find. The fees for each specific child and service will be discussed during the intake process.
Where are services provided?
- ChildServe – Ames
- ChildServe – Johnston
- ChildServe – Iowa City
We also offer on-site physical 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.
When are services offered?
Hours of operation for Johnston and Ames:
- Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Hours of operation for Iowa City:
- Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
What kinds of healthcare professionals work in ChildServe’s Physical Therapy program?
ChildServe employs a variety of skilled physical therapists including those certified as Pediatric Clinical Specialists (PCS) and Clinical Brain Injury Specialists (CBIS).
What specialized equipment does ChildServe’s Physical Therapy use?
- Functional Electric Stimulation (FES) Bike
- Functional Electric Stimulation (FES) Stepper
- Lite Gait
- LE Serial Casting
- Universal Exercise Unit
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If you would like to make a referral, or if you have questions for our team, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 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.