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July 12, 2012
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July 12, 2012
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Southern Tier Alternative Therapies has been such a blessing for many individuals with an assortment of disabilities in our rural Upstate NY area. Being a teacher of children with autism, I learned of STAT as many of my students regularly attend riding lessons at the nearby Fargnoli Farms. Looking for a place to volunteer and intrigued as to why so many people flock there I contacted Linda. Immediately I feel in love. The other volunteers are so welcoming and are from all walks of life, the horses are simply amazing, and of course the kids are witty and wonderful. This meaningful volunteer opportunity has allowed me to be part of a wonderful team and has helped to bridge a gap between school and therapy. The Therapeutic Riding sessions focus on meeting a variety of students’ needs including, but not limited to, additional academic practice (recognizing letters, colors, and sight words, practicing propositions, knowing right vs. left, etc), balance and motor planning, increased communication (via more eye contact, waving hello, verbally greeting others, or using the iPad or Dynavox to facilitate conversation via STRIDES), addressing sensory needs and eliminating basic fears or anxieties. Progress is forward, noticeable, and ongoing. I am incredibly grateful to STAT for paving the way for such positive opportunities. I wish you continued growth and success in all the years to come!

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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?

A lot

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?

2012

October 28, 2013

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October 28, 2013

I started to volunteer with the STAT Program at Fargnoli Farms in February 2012. I saw a story in a local weekly newspaper, The Tioga Courier, telling about the program and Linda Fargnoli. Linda opens her farm up to this program twice a week. The story talked about the need for volunteers for the STAT Program and what the volunteers need to do, keeping the children safe with no experience needed regarding horses. I had started taking lessons to learn to ride horses a year or so before, as in my 50's decided it was something I wanted to do. I love horses. I happen to love children. Seemed like a good mix to me. I started working with a pony names Snowy and a little boy named Evan. We had a team of 3; one to lead the pony, two people to sidewalk and make sure that little boy was safe. We also were to interact with our rider. In the beginning, Evan was reserved but seemed to be happy to be there. Dougie and Mrs. H. were the sidewalkers and Evan was very comfortable with Mrs. H. as he knew her from school. After a bit, we all became more comfortable with each other. We would be silly, sing, play different games that Linda would set up such as ring toss from the pony's back, find little plastic animals placed around outside, or throw rocks in the creek.

Mrs. H. left us but helped with finding another volunteer, Bernadette. We also started using a bigger horse. Evan seemed to get a little bored with the pony and it was felt that he may need more movement. Evan's sense of balance improved greatly. He is very happy to come every week. He interacts and is happy to see his team and his horse, Floozie. Evan loves the cats, chickens and ducks on the farm. He is particularly fond on the cats. Evan has learned to rein around barrels at a walk, turn Floozie in a circle and recently even rode at a trot. The biggest step for me in working with Evan is that he will walk with me and hold my hand or he has walked arm and arm with me. He now will air blow Floozie a kiss at the end of his ride.

I have also recruited a family friend, Dave, to help with sidewalking and recently added my husband, Ronald to our fun Saturday mornings as a volunteer, too. Linda Fargnoli will thank me for coming and it is like THANK YOU. I get so much out of this program, maybe more than Evan. Love everyone there and Linda has a big heart and caring for this program.

Ways to make it better...

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

The only think I would do, is volunteer at Linda's on Mondays, too, if I could but have to work.

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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?

2013

October 28, 2013

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1 previous review
October 28, 2010

STAT HAS OFFERED OUR COMMUNITY AN OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE THE SPECIAL NEEDS INDIVIDUALS . THEY HAVE SUPPORTED INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE EXPERIENCE LIFE CHANGING ACTIVITIES THROUGH EQUINE INTERVENTION. WELL ... more

October 28, 2013

over the past 5 years STAT has helped many individuals experience the wonderful world of equine. without the dedication of the STAT board and community members this program would not be available to many special needs families in our community. Stat offers scholarships for individuals to participate in adaptive riding and hippotherapy as well as other programs. Stat serves many different diagnosis and offers many diverse programs to individuals. they are affiliated with other community organization that help promote the wonderful opportunities here in Broome and surrounding counties. without stat there would be no other non for profit to offer this terrific entity to our special needs community. Thanks STAT

Ways to make it better...

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

have an additional board to govern each state they operate in

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

October 28, 2010

STAT HAS OFFERED OUR COMMUNITY AN OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE THE SPECIAL NEEDS INDIVIDUALS . THEY HAVE SUPPORTED INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE EXPERIENCE LIFE CHANGING ACTIVITIES THROUGH EQUINE INTERVENTION. WELL OVER 500 RIDING SESSIONS HAVE BEEN SPONSORED BY STAT. THEY HAVE BEEN GROWING AT A STEADY PACE SINCE THERE BEGINNING AND ARE A GREAT NEED IN BROOME AND SURROUNDING COUNTIES. STAT HAS PIONEERED THE RESEARCH FORUM ON EQUINE INTERVENTION HERE IN BROOME COUNTY. STAT IS A UNITED WAY PARTNER. STABLE MOVEMENTS IS PROUD TO BE A PARTNER FACILITY WITH SOUTHERN TIER ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES AND ALL THAT THEY STRIVE FOR. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK !!!

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STAT HAS SPONSORED WELL OVER 500 SESSIONS HERE AT STABLE MOVEMENTS

Ways to make it better...

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

SUPPORT STAT AS A BENEFICIARY OF LARGER NATIONAL FUNDING AND NON FOR PROFIT DONORS.

October 27, 2013
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October 27, 2013
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My son Evan was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 5 yrs old. He is considered "high functioning". We had heard great things about "STAT" from other parents of Evan's class mates at school.
What a blessing! The changes in Evan were very suttle but quite evident as time as progressed! I had
no clue what this would do, but I was willing to try anything. I have seen wonderful changes in Evan. I have also observed changes in the other children that ride when Evan ride and it is just remarkable!
STAT is just funominal for these kids and without this program I have no idea where they would be. I am certain that Evan would not be where he is today with out the help of STAT!
From one very greatful mother!

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

So far so good. They are everything that I hoped for my son.

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

October 26, 2013
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October 26, 2013
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I have been volunteering here for over a year now and it has been one of the best experiences of my life. Watching the kids improve so much has been a real treat. They do so many good things here and it really is amazing. Anyone can benefit from this, not just the children. The parents and the volunteers alike are taught things as well. It really is an awesome program.

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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?

2013

October 24, 2013
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October 24, 2013
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I was lucky enough to have Cat Markosky visit my workplace during a United Way Meeting. My son has apraxia of speech and I had heard from a few different people that riding a horse would be great therapy. I had the chance to speak with Cat after the meeting. She was so positive and told me to contact her and give it a try. That was 3years ago. My son looks forward to going to Stable Movements every week. He loves the horses, he has gained great self confidence and he looks forward every week to riding.We have met many wonderful people who volunteer and other families helping their children like us. What a great program.

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

July 12, 2012

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July 12, 2012

My son starting riding when he was 3 years old. He couldn't run without falling, couldn't throw a ball, couldn't climb stairs; my list could go on. He had such a hard time trying to do the things that all kids do. When he rode the horse the results were amazing. Over time it was wonderful to see the difference in him. He could run without falling, climb the stairs use the equipment on the playground. We finally got to take down the baby gates in the house. He was also unable to communicate. His language is emerging. He's signing and more verbal on the horse. It's a therapy I'm very passionate about and am lucky he gets the opportunity to ride.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

July 10, 2012
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July 10, 2012
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I cannot begin to explain how this wonderful organization, STAT, (southern tier Alternative therapies) has helped our daughter. Jenna is 13 and has aspergers, ocd, sensory issues, and just is not accepted anywhere. Horses, and animals are her mainstay to happiness. STAT has enabled us to be able to Have Horse therapy and watch our daughter smile, to be accepted by the horses. Her whole body changes when she is with the horses, she becomes confident, stands stronger, sits straighter. Without STAT I dont' think she'd be who she is today. I thank goodness everyday for STAT and their help.

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

May 19, 2011

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May 19, 2011

STAT has made it possible for our son Thomas, with Prader-Willi Syndrome to keep on horseback - which he needs desperately due to excessive low tone and 83degree scoliosis - after he aged out of eligibility! :) We are SOOOOO grateful for the assistance - there's no way we would be able to afford it, yet it is tremendously beneficial for our boy. Not only does it help him hugely physically - the emotional benefits are measurable! He's soooo proud of himself - the horseman that he is, and it even increases and improves his speech!!! THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS STAT!!!!
Catt Maczko, Mom to Thomas Jersey Maczko, dob 4/28/05, PWS by upd.

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Not only does it help him hugely physically - the emotional benefits are measurable! He's soooo proud of himself - the horseman that he is, and it even increases and improves his speech!!! THANK YOU

Ways to make it better...

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

facilitate more funding for it!!!! :)

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

A lot

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?

recommended by our Physical Therapist.

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

seeking more help to get my kid what he needs :)

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

December 8, 2009

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December 8, 2009

STAT is a young growing organization that offers scholarships to children and young people who have special needs throughout a 7 County area in the Southern Tier of New York State. Among their board of directors is the President and Founder who is a professional grant writer with a proven record of obtaining funding from businesses, foundations, as well as through fundraising efforts. STAT is an organization operated and staffed by 100% volunteers. Additional programs are coming for art, music, and dance movement/yoga therapies. for more information go to their website www.statinc.org

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

how they treat families and how important the connection is between the individual handicapped rider and the horse! Kids are the focus! When a government or a school will not provide a beneficial therapy it takes organizations like STAT to do it!

Ways to make it better...

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

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

watching the children STAT serves smile with pride; seeing them learn (from mentors, family members, and staff) communication skills, interpersonal skills, improved eye contact, improved flexility, balance, and strength...

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind and helpful, courtesous, gracious, and giving with a warm smile on their faces. Some are adults some are teen/peer mentors, all are volunteers and all who want to make a difference!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build a school with alternative therapy facilities to include an heated indoor equine facility with outdoor trails, an aqua therapy complex and additional specialty rooms within the school structure to include art, music & dance therapy and more!

Ways to make it better...

there was more funding available for an operating budget to comfortable compensate people for the time and effort they put forth to meet expectations of constituents, serve more individuals, and accomplish STAT's mission and vision.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

an operating budget

One thing I'd also say is that...

this is an organization extremely dedicated to the children they serve.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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