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July 8, 2011

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July 8, 2011

My 5 year old son, Colten, was diagnosed with autism several years ago, he has been a client for therapy at Natures Edge since. He started without saying our names to speaking full sentences, responding to us verbally and is able to participate fully in school.

It meant much for us to
hear him talk to us, he now tells me I'm his friend and he loves us. Simple words that can be taken for granted, that now mean the world to us.

Becky and Heidi have spent countless hours helping us get assistance for Colten and working to help him . We always enjoy their friendship and kindness

We have great appreciaion to Natures Edge Therapy Center and everyone there. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Amanda

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the progress my son has made

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None

June 30, 2011

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June 30, 2011

My 6 yr. old son Brandon has been receiving speech therapy at NETC for about 3 years now. When we first started I was the only one who could understand what he was saying. He would become very frustrated with himself and the person he was talking to. Becky has helped him so much. She has also taught us the skills we need to help Brandon out at home. Becky is not only a gifted therapist but also a wonderful person. She truly loves her job and is a strong advocate for each person she serves. Brandon's life has truly been changed at NETC. He loves "his farm" and is going to be a GREAT volunteer there someday!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Brandon is easier to understand and his frustration level has gone way down since working with Becky.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing I can think of. NETC is a wonderful place.

June 30, 2011

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June 30, 2011

I have been bringing my son, Ethan, to Nature's Edge since about August 2010. He has been in speech and cccupational therapy. They are absolutely AMAZING in what they do. The way they work and make them selves available to not just the kids but also provide a wonderful support system to the parents. Ethan LOVES going there and really strives on making them proud of him. We have seen MANY improvements in his behavior and more in his skills. He is 8 years old and we have been working for years to help him tie his own shoes...Heidi(OT) had him tying them within a half hour. It was a proud moment to see the look of accoplishment on his face. They have given both Ethan and myself many tools. The ideas they come up with and the skills they teach you couldn't get in a "regular" facility with the same programs. The patience and love that comes from them is honest and rare. We LOVE them and are very grateful to have found them:)

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My son, he is a different boy than when we first started!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do nothing, I think they are wonderful!

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

We were referred by my son's Pyschiatrist.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

It definitely encouraged me to be more helpful, that it takes all of us working to improve his life. We have always been a strong advocate for him & have tried to get him to doctors, therapists, and pyschiatrists that work the best for him. But we learned that the more "hand on" we are like his excersises with him and taking"time ins" the more he responds.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

June 30, 2011

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June 30, 2011

It will be two years next month since we first took our daughter
Kayleigh to Nature's Edge Therapy Center. At 34 months old she
was diagnosed with cerebral palsy due to complications during
delivery. Physical, occupational and speech therapies were
ordered for her. I found NETC
through our school and was
amazed that such a center operated relatively close to our home.
Kayleigh started seeing Becky and all the animals and has
never been the same!
She started therapy as a very unintelligible little girl who used
alot of her own sign language to make her needs and wants known.
She has grown into a more confident, talkative, social butterfly.
There are no words that can sufficiently express the gratitude
and love we have for Becky, Amanda and everyone that works and
volunteers for the Center. God gave us two miracles, the first
named Kayleigh and the second named Nature's Edge Therapy Center.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Kayleigh is much more confident talking to others now and looks to her family less to interpret for her.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Hire a physical therapist so all therapies could be offered.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

School district

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

Kayleigh has been encouraged to become an independent person.

June 30, 2011

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June 30, 2011

We have been bringing our daughter, Taite, to NETC since October 2010 for speech and occupational therapy. We are amazed with the progress that she has been making! She truly enjoys going to therapy and never says “I don’t want to go!” The therapists make the experience fun and engaging using traditional therapy techniques along with animal assisted therapy. That’s Taite’s favorite part, of course!

Taite has been receiving various therapy since she was 13 months old. We have been to several different therapy centers but NETC is by far the best yet! We feel so grateful that Heidi, the OT, was able to identify issues with Taite’s vision and make a referral to a vision therapist. We had no idea she had vision problems and no other OT (or doctor or neurologist or school professional) had even mentioned that perhaps she had vision issues. Heidi is wonderful at engaging Taite in therapy and always has practical suggestions for carry--over at home. I admire her ability to be patient and stay focused especially when my daughter isn’t!

Becky, the speech therapist and Director, has helped us to better understand Taite’s speech problems. She has a very comprehensive approach that doesn’t just focus on articulation but other parts of language as well. I believe this is why Taite's speech has been progressing so well since coming to NETC. We have seen improvement in her overall language skills and I am amazed at Becky’s creativity to engage Taite in a task that could otherwise be very dull. She also has practical suggestions for home and was very open to working with us on creating an intensive therapy schedule for Taite this summer.

Becky and Heidi are not only amazing therapists, but amazing people as well. It’s been a true pleasure getting to know them and working with them together to help my daughter. It’s what makes coming to NETC special and above the rest. I am so grateful that they were open (and excited) about doing two week intensive therapy with Taite this summer as I believe it’s already made a difference in her!

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Taite has improved in so many ways since coming to NETC. Not only have her speech and fine motor skills improved, but so has her confidence in herself. She is happier and enjoys going to therapy!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

It is truly difficult to think of any changes to make. It is such an open and caring environment and the staff is wonderful. It would be nice to see the ABC center become a reality so that other families can experience intensive therapy on site.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

friend referral and another therapist

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

Taite is more confident and happier since coming to NETC.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

June 29, 2011

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June 29, 2011

Having been with Nature's Edge Therapy Center for five years now as a Board Member, Volunteer, and Donor, i have seen a variety of patients come through the doors and receive ideal intense therapy individualized for each patient in a comfortable ranch setting. The Center strives to personalize each session so the patients enjoy coming. I've seen the staff utilize everything from the plants, dogs, cats, a talking parrot, the horses including two Icelandic Horses (which are my personal favorites as i am part of the Untied States Icelandic Horse Congress) and even a chinchilla to motivate and facilitate patients to reach their goals of better living. I've witnessed Nature's Edge help patients with autism, strokes, memory loss, cerebal palsy, and brain injuries among other disabilities. The loving staff at Nature's Edge has touched many lives sense opening in 2001, including mine.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've witnessed many patients from little children who have speech problems to seniors who have suffered from a stroke, all receive therapy and strive and succeed in reaching and surpassing their goals.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would open the ABC Retreat Center today that Nature's Edge plans to expand into. Then more families could be helped in an intense week long therapy program. The Retreat Center would have housing on site and 24 hour access to therapy professionals. This way families could travel from across the country for this unique therapy setting. And of course I would add more Icelandic Horses to the Team!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

June 29, 2011

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June 29, 2011

Natures Edge Therapy Center exemplifies the meaning of "caring".
As you drive through the grounds of the center, you can't help but notice that the property is neat, well maintained and very inviting.
It is amazing to see the number and variety of animals that are used in the care and
treatment of the patients.
All of the animals are well cared for and are "people freindly".
There is no doubt that the many hours of time and love given by the staff and volunteers have paid dividends.
Observing the interactions of the staff, while they work with the patients and animals, is an eye opening experience.
you can't help but feel a sense of the hope and confidence being instilled in the lives of the patients and their families.
The feelings of Becky, Heidi, the entire staff , the volunteers, their patients and families can be summed up in three words:
"Natures Edge Cares"

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Discovered that Natures edge changes lives of more than the people being treated, It has changed mine!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand services to bring this amazing experience to more people in need.

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

With a son on the Autistic Spectrum everyday life can be a challenge. Our family was struggling just to make it through each and every day - we were exhausted and my son was frustrated. We had so many questions, no real answers, and our son just kept slipping father away from us. Then over a year ago when our son had just turned five we found Nature's Edge Therapy Center, and our lives have been changed ever since.
The staff is caring and dedicated to each client and family's success. They answer any questions we have, give us resources, and teach us techniques we can transfer over to our son's daily life.
We have seen an impressive improvement in our son's communication skills, socialization abilities, behavior control, gross motor and fine motor skills, increase independence in activities of daily living, and safety awareness just to name a few. Most importantly we are seeing how proud he is of his own accomplishments! We are now able to go out to eat for dinners as a family. Such a minute task for other families is a great triumph for ours, and we give a lot of the credit to Nature's Edge Therapy Center.
Thank you Nature's Edge Therapy Center for giving our son his smile back!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

We have been taking our son to Nature's Edge Therapy Center two to three times a week since March of 2010. We look forward to seeing his continuing accomplishments.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Weekend or later weekday hours during school months.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Through our son's school.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

Our son's independence!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

A friend asked me to come to Natures Edge Therapy Center and just observe what they do and if I felt they made an IMPACT in the lives of the people they server. Maybe I would be willing to get invlolved. "WOW" is all I could say. To say that this place has captured my heart is an understatement. The Setting, the Animals, and Becky and Heidi Jo are not only qualified to do what they do but they are creative, and find ways to engauge the really tough cases. So that the child or adult look forward to coming back.



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I have grown in my knowledge of Autism, Brian Injury and Cerebral Palsy. I have learned we have a unique combination of conventional therapy and animal assisted therapy. To see the Kids excited to see Buddy the three legged dog greets them. They seem to come out of their shell and grow as a person. I've seem tears in the mothers eyes as she explains where her child was when they arrived at Natures Edge Therapy Center and were they are now.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make sure that Becky and her staff could consentrate on therapy and not cost of operation and animal related issues. Help me help them build their Vision to IMPACT the live of people with Brain injury, Autisum and Cerebral Palsy.

June 22, 2011

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June 22, 2011

I would like to describe Natures Edge Therapy Center as seen through the eyes of this board member and donor.
I see team members of many denominations and backgrounds serving Christ through their love of children and those in need.
I see a dedicated group of professionals sacrificing much
greater income to serve, to bring improvement into the lives of families searching for answers for problems they don't know how to deal with.
No matter the reasons for their enthusiasm and dedication, through my eyes, they are a manifestation of Gods love for all.
The combination of their love and skill blended with the utilization of Gods animals to open the hearts and minds of the children with wondrous results.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Witnessing their love for others has had a profound effect on my life

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Target to help more families with the addition of facilities to enable families to stay on site for full family involvement to include siblings in therapy, enabeling families to continue what they have learned to continue improvement in their lives.

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