Brain Injury Specialty

Pediatric Brain Injury Rehabilitation at ChildServe

ChildServe’s CARF-accredited pediatric brain injury program includes comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient therapy services for children and teens with brain injuries. We care for children with developmental disabilities and children who are recovering from acquired brain injuries such as a trauma, stroke or illness in Des Moines and Central Iowa.

Our multidisciplinary team helps children who have suffered from brain injuries through individualized care plans that maximize a child’s ability to rehabilitate, re-learn skills, and return to their homes and communities. ChildServe's providers specialize in pediatric rehabilitation and our medical equipment, therapy gyms, and activity rooms are designed for children with special health care needs.

Multidisciplinary Team Approach

Our CARF-accredited inpatient rehabilitation program maximizes the potential for each child’s successful rehabilitation through a multidisciplinary approach that wraps a team of specialists around each child’s unique medical needs. Physicians and sub-specialists include our medical director, pediatricians, and other experts. Board-certified pediatric physiatrist Fred Klingbeil, MD joined ChildServe’s rehabilitation team in early 2014. Dr. Klingbeil treats children in the inpatient pediatric rehabilitation program and outpatient clinic.

We are CARF-accredited in inpatient rehabilitation, pediatric specialty and brain injury. Our team members are specially trained to work with children and teens, plus our equipment and environment is intentionally designed to meet the specific needs of our pediatric program. As we help children to develop or recover skills they need in their homes, schools and communities, family education and engagement is essential. Our team teaches parents and caregivers how to best support their child’s rehabilitation and helps connect families to community resources.

Pediatric Focus

Brain and head injuries can result from trauma, infection, tumors or a lack of oxygen to the brain. Regardless of the cause, a brain injury can lead to physical, cognitive and behavioral changes. Many problems surface shortly after an injury occurs, and can be treated immediately. Because children are still developing physically, emotionally and mentally, other issues might not be evident for months or even years.

ChildServe’s brain injury program is designed specifically for children and teens. We provide an intensive medical, nursing and rehabilitation program that includes acute care, therapy, and family support. We accept children and teens with mild to severe brain injuries, including patients who depend on ventilators, patients with tracheostomies and children who require tube feeding.


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