RICE LAKE, Wis.– A nonprofit group is taking remedy outdoors and into the stables. Nature’s Edge Therapy supplies occupational and speech remedy in a distinctive method.
The operation has been round for 20 years and makes use of hippotherapy or animal assisted remedy.
It’s the identical as they might be in a hospital, clinic, or faculty setting, however these classes happen on a 65 acre ranch.
“Just so many good things that we can do that are unique out here that you may not be able to get in a clinic setting, because you’re just in one space, so were trying to use as many tools as we can to kind of bring out the best in our patient and progress their goals,” Courtney Losey, Speech Language Pathologist, Nature’s Edge Therapy Center mentioned.
Between horses, pigs, donkeys and extra, youngsters and adults can use the outside and animals to assist assist in restoration with speech remedy in addition to these dealing challenges together with autism, traumatic mind damage and cerebral palsy.
Courtney Losey, a speech language pathologist, has seen individuals open up extra round animals, too.
“Animals in general can be such a motivator, a reward, calming effect, so sometimes in my sessions I will use the horse just for that aspect, maybe it’s a reward session, where they picked what animal they wanted to work with that day,” Losey mentioned.
Seeing how some youngsters kind a relationship with the animals may even assist unlock extra progress.
“I had a patient whose first word was go on the horse, and that was so exciting to me and it’s just amazing to see that in the family, how much success and progress comes out of that when you can see that come alive,” Losey mentioned.
Nature’s Edge Therapy Center is about to enter the busy summer season season with many occupational remedy applications obtainable to all ages and registration data may be discovered on their web site.