ChildServe’s speech and hippotherapy programs help 5-year-old Harper, who has autism, connect to his world.
From busy nights cheering on her team to scoring the winning goal on the soccer field, Shae is used to going full speed in pursuit of her passions. However, approaching her senior year, Shae was stopped in her tracks after experiencing a serious concussion. Shae began therapy in ChildServe’s Concussion Clinic to help her recover.
Helping Emery Blossom
To help Emery connect with the world around her and build skills to live a great life, her family enrolled her in ChildServe’s Autism Day Program. After just six months, Emery’s communication began to blossom.
Since beginning ChildServe’s Autism program, Hobie has made big strides in his communication skills, his ability to focus without frustration and his willingness to eat different foods – all areas that were major hurdles for him just a few years ago.
Not every nine-year-old will pick “steak dinner” as their special birthday meal, but anyone who’s met Brian knows to expect the unexpected from this bright, technology-loving boy. Brian, who has cerebral palsy, came to ChildServe’s pediatric rehabilitation unit after having a back surgery called SDR.
Ruby was born early at 25 weeks, weighing just 1 pound, 6 ounces. Despite the health complications she experienced, Ruby quickly proved that though she is small, she is mighty.
Olivia was born at 28 weeks and has 13 diagnoses. Thanks to ChildServe’s inpatient rehabilitation and homecare programs, she’s thriving.
Over the last few years, ChildServe’s Orthotics program has made a significant impact for Tezirian in meeting his goals and giving his family hope and confidence that he can live a life filled with activities he loves.
Oliver’s parents weren’t sure if he was ever going to be able to speak verbally. With the help of an expert team, including Speech Language Pathologist Abbi Kay, Oliver has been overcoming barriers.
As 20-year-old Ricky prepares for his transition to a group home for more independent living, his parents could not be more proud of his 15-year journey with ChildServe and Ricky’s continued success in life.
Barnabas’ Story – Mental Health Therapy in Ames
After behavioral concerns led Barnabas’ family to seek help from ChildServe’s mental health therapy program, they found an unexpected gift.
Tucker, a 9-year-old Goldendoodle, works “full-time” at ChildServe where he uses his training and skills to assist with outpatient therapy appointments.
Charlie’s Telehealth Journey
Telehealth services have made a world of difference for Charlie and his family. Charlie has achieved leaps and bounds towards his goals by bringing his ChildServe physical therapist virtually into his home.
When Braelyn was presented with the news that the abnormality on her brain stem was back, she replied “I did it once and I am going to do it again.” After undergoing a second brain surgery, she spent 50 days at ChildServe’s Pediatric Inpatient Rehabilitation Medicine program, regaining her daily living skills with support from our inpatient nurses and therapists. Braelyn wanted to share her story to help inspire other kids who may experience a similar journey.
ChildServe’s growing Autism Program helps children like Apollo build skills for a great life!
Rachel’s “Iowa Miss Amazing Teen Queen” title isn’t the only “amazing” thing about her. From overcoming challenges brought on by seizures to recovering skills after brain surgery, she’s inspired ChildServe team members with her hard work and bravery since she was three years old.
Amelia & Aryana’s Story
For children with autism, navigating the world around them can be a daunting challenge. This is especially true for five-year-old Amelia and three-year-old Aryana, sisters who both have autism spectrum disorder.
The idea of surgery can be daunting, but to 16-year-old Zoey, it felt more like a new beginning.
Ellie & Beckham’s Story
After her premature birth, ChildServe’s Developmental Clinic helped Ellie catch up on milestones. Now, it’s helping her brother Beckham too!
After a traumatic brain injury, Camden was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. His family was determined to help him approach every day with joy.
Tesla & Caleb’s Story
Tesla and Caleb’s mom, Katie sits down to discuss how ChildServe’s Behavioral Health program has impacted their lives.
Wyatt’s Story – Feeding Therapy
With help from feeding therapy, Wyatt has been able to join activities like eating pizza and cupcakes at a birthday party. See how he overcame feeding challenges to join the fun.
As an infant, Bennett spent 5 months in the NICU and underwent 12 operations. He’s been overcoming obstacles and proving just how strong he is ever since!
When Presha was looking for Autism services to help her son, Isaiah, ChildServe had a combination of services to meet his needs. “Thanks to ChildServe, we understand Isaiah better, and he understands himself and what’s expected of him,” said Presha. Read more about how Autism services help Isaiah and his family.
Five years ago, Brandi Wright and Mike Williams moved their daughter Jordyn into ChildServe’s Long-Term Care program
When Vincent began attending Autism Day Health a year and a half ago, he was a totally different child. His parents Grant and Jennifer watched Vincent’s life change for the better once he started receiving support from the experts at ChildServe.
When their son Alex was born with medical complications, Katie and Ryan felt overwhelmed. With support from Homecare nursing, their whole family found ways to move forward together.
Jeremiah nervously walked the grounds at Blank Children’s Hospital, deep in thought about what the future held. His 8-year-old daughter Lila had been hit by a drunk driver. Even though her injuries were serious, he refused to be bitter or hateful.
When their son Micah was born, Laura and Matt knew he was a big miracle with a big purpose. Born prematurely at 23 weeks, Micah faced feeding challenges, muscle weakness and poor coordination.
Rachel is a spirited 21-year old whose smile can light up a room. She was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at birth and required services and special support. Sheila, Rachel’s case manager, has partnered with Rachel and her family for over 12 years.
Going above and beyond is all in a day’s work for ChildServe staff members when a “great life” moment is on the line. When Zach wanted to vote in the 2016 Presidential Election, they worked with a local electoral official and arranged transportation and care to help him get to and from an early-voting satellite location.
How can parents of children with special healthcare needs ease their anxiety about leaving their child with someone else? That’s the question Cindy asked herself while searching for respite options for her son, Aedyn.
As a young girl in Las Vegas, Rylee’s spirit and personality radiated in everything she did. She was incredibly active and showed exceptional promise on the soccer field. After an accident in 2012, the heart and strength that she usually reserved for the soccer field was redirected to another battle.
In order to grow socially, two-year-old Bronwyn was in need of a childcare center specific to children with special health care needs. As part of the Day Health program at the ChildServe Woodland Center, Bronwyn now has an individualized care plan and receives occupational, speech, and physical therapy all in one place.
ChildServe improves the health and well-being of more than 5,600 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.
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