When we found out about animal therapy and natures edge we were at the ropes of what we were gonna do as we have tried other therapies and were not successful either therapist leaves and we have find a new one and start all over ect.....so we figured why not we have tried in session therapy in a room and was not successful what would we have to loose. Well it turned out to be amazing, everyone there at nature edge is amazing and keep you informed and by your side no matter what. My son has been going there for about a year maybe now and he has come a long ways, he has overcome obstacles and opened up started expressing his feelings more and understanding why he felt the way he did rather than shutting everyone out and lashing out in disruptive ways. There were tough times but we have overcame them together as a TEAM! And I can say that everyone at natures edge works as a TEAM and became like FAMILY. Thank you for helping our son with behavioral, defiant, socialistic problems. He cant wait to start volunteering out there!!!!!-Tabitha
Our daughter has autism and is now in first grade. She went to Nature's Edge until she started school full time. Although she no longer goes to Nature's Edge we are so grateful for the ground work they did to make it possible for our little girl to attend school. Natures Edge will forever hold a special place in our hearts.
My daughter is in therapy here currently and is absolutely loving it and the therapists and assistants are great!
My daughter volunteered for this charity for a summer in college. Not only did the patients benefit immensely from the services Nature's Edge offers, she was changed forever in how she views Animal Therapy. She is now pursuing it as a career, especially for geriatric memory patients. The staff is amazing and dedicated. A top notch institution.
Natures Edge is amazing! Their staff, location, and animals are phenomenal. My daughter has been in OT for only one month now and we’re already noticing positive changes. Her balance, strength, and mobility, has increased and her behaviors have decreased!! This is the first clinical therapy facility she’s ever been excited to go to. We are so fortunate to have such an amazing facility so close to our home!
3 years ago when Nature's Edge Therapy program was initially recommended to us, we said we'd give it a try.
Our small decision that day changed our granddaughters life in such a positive way, you can't imagine .
We are forever grateful to everyone, especially Ms Becky, who has touched our entire family.
At Nature's Edge you will find professional and compassionate staff, outstanding programs that really work, a variety of animals to give affection, comfort and support. Nature's Edge Therapy has been the best constant in our lives.
In our book, there aren't enough stars available to rate Nature's Edge, its infinite.
My son has been in therapy for a couple of years and has not progressed as much as he has since starting at NETC. The staff are great, very informative and give many different ideas to help in many different situations. This is an amazing place!!!
Think you've tried everything? Don't give up until you've tried Nature's Edge Therapy Center!!
Their approach, experience, dedication, and genuine desire to see your child, and family, succeed is overwhelming! Truly life changing!
My daughter has just started her journey with the therapy here. So far they have been very helpful and informative about what they will be working on with her and letting her play the largest part in her therapy. We both look forward to moving forward.
My child has been attending Nature's Edge Therapy Center and I am so happy with this therapy center! We've never tried animal therapy before. We've were in therapy for almost 3 years before NETC and he hated it. After being referred to NETC my child is not only willing but excited to attend. We have seen more progress in this short time than we have over the years. I recommend NETC to the fullest. The therapists and animals are amazing. They really care- you can feel it and see it! I wish we had known about Nature's Edge years ago.
A genuinely caring and dedicated Team of professionals making a difference in uniquely individualized therapy with truly amazing outcomes!
Our 4-year old son has recently started with Nature's Edge Therapy and he has quickly come to enjoy his therapy sessions. He is quickly talking much better and behaviors/frustrations with communication have started to decrease. We are very happy so far with our experience and look forward to continue to work with Becky and staff. Would highly recommend.
Fantastic and professional staff that has a unique way of reaching children. The animal therapy that I've witnessed has really helped my children progress in their therapy. I would highly recommend Nature's Edge!
The therapists take extra time to work with each individual kiddo and find what engages them best. My boyfriend’s son enjoys singing and music throughout his sessions. The theapriat and volunteers sing to him while he is riding!
I know another family who has two girls who have both been served by this program. They have both made major progress. It makes my heart happy to see these kids thrive.
I spent the last three summers volunteering and working at Nature’s Edge Therapy Center! This is an amazing nonprofit providing speech, occupational, and physical therapy with some phenomenal therapists! I highly recommend checking out Nature’s Edge if you’re seeking therapies or looking for a place to volunteer during your free time!
This summer was the first year I came to volunteer here and I have to say, it was one of the best decisions I have made. Everyone at Nature's Edge is so wonderful! They always let you know how grateful they are for everyone's hard work. I am super glad I came to Nature's Edge and I will definitely be coming back!
Natures edge is amazing! My son when there when he was younger for speech and OT. He had when to another fisility for speech but they really did work for our family. We found natures edge and it was amazing the change we saw in him right away. My son now volunteers in the summer.
After not having a good experience with a different clinical speech office we heard about Nature's Edge. We were so impressed and happy with our time here. My children receiving help felt comfortable and have so much fun as they practice their sounds. We are given resources to take home and practice with as well as great encouragement. My kids love interacting with the animals, baking and food prep, and games. It is really an innovative way of learning the correct way to speak.
My husband had been in the hospital and nursing home for over a year when we brought him home. He’d seen a dozen speech therapists and no one could get him to even make a sound, let alone speak. Becky drove an hour every week to our house and started working miracles with my husband. Within less than a month, he was starting to say words. Now, a few years later, we have traveled to Nature’s Edge for more therapy and have not been disappointed once again. Everyone at Nature’s Edge has so much compassion and creativity in treatment.
Nature’s edge is absolutely wonderful. From the environment, to the staff, to the animals.
Therapists are experienced and fantastic to work with. Therapy animals are all well trained/certified and clients of all ages respond really well to the animal assisted therapy. Therapists use both traditional and functional settings for the sessions and work hard for progress and treatment with each client!
I have been working for Nature's Edge for just over a month now, and it has been the best work experience I have ever had. I love spending time with the patient's, learning and hearing their stories, and most importantly getting to witness firsthand how the therapists at Nature's Edge are able to change the lives of these individuals. Nature's Edge is such an amazing place with an even more amazing staff and therapy animals. They all are such kind and loving individuals who I am proud to call my co-workers and friends.
My dad went to Nature's Edge for physical therapy and speech therapy last year. We noticed an increase in his balance, and with his speech intelligibility. More than that, my dad was excited and happy every time he had a therapy session. I am grateful for the work that Nature's Edge does. It's an incredible nonprofit.
Nature's Edge Therapy Center is an amazing organization with caring and knowledgeable staff. My dad, who was diagnosed with Huntington's Disease 12 years ago, attended Hippotherapy for speech and language, and occupational therapy last summer. Even though it was about an hour drive one way, every visit was worth it for the smile my dad would get! Nature's Edge changed our lives for the better. My family now fosters a rescue horse, Phoenix. We are forever grateful to have Nature's edge in our lives!
To whom it may concern,
I would like to thank you for your donations to the Nature’s Edge Therapy Center. Without this opportunity and the help of the workers and volunteers my son wouldn’t be able to get the help that he needs for his speech. After being in the birth to 3 program and Head Start Sylas still wasn’t progressing much with his speech. I then took him to get further testing done and he was diagnosed with Apraxia. From there I was given the name and phone number to Nature’s Edge Therapy Center and gave them a call. I thought I would get an answering machine and simply leave a message. Much to my surprise Becky answered the call and took the time, about an hour or so, to talk to me about apraxia and the wonderful things that Nature’s Edge has to offer. I was more than impressed and more so I was comforted by the knowledge and kindness Becky had given me. I was then able to make the appointment to come and have Sylas do his testing. Since, continuing treatment with Becky and those at Nature’s Edge I am already seeing such an improvement in the way Sylas approaches speech. I am given great advice in helping continue his learning each week while we are at home, in between sessions at Nature’s edge. I look forward to seeing how far Sylas will come with everyone’s help. Again, I can’t thank you enough or those at the center! I am forever grateful.
Bryan, Megan and Sylas Schneeberg
Our family has been truly blessed by Nature’s Edge.
My daughter has made tremendous gains since starting HIPPO Therapy with Becky, Laura and Courtney. They have also been able to teach our family ways to understand and work with our daughter who has sensory processing disorder. We cannot THANK Nature's Edge Therapy enough for all of your dedication
Nature's Edge is a top notch facility nestled into a beautiful setting. The staff are well trained and very loving. The amount of dedication put into each client is outstanding. I am pleased to be a part of this center.
The owner and founder of Nature's Edge is very passionate about helping others and educating the public. Becky is incredibly knowledgeable (SMART) gifted in her field and the results speak for themselves!
Nature's Edge is a place of healing. Watching the crew in action with a difficult client riding a horse and seeing a change happen within the client is fascinating.
Nature's Edge Therapy Center, Inc. helped me have hope again.
On August 21st, 2015 my son, Marshall, was an articulate, intelligent, caring and independent 5 year old. The next day he was on the way to wedding with his sister and mother when their car was t-boned by a school bus. The girls didn't survive. Marshall spent the next 95 days in the hospital. He had a broken leg, fractured hip, broken ribs, contusions and lacerations and later, when the seizures started, he developed a traumatic brain injury affecting his sight and coordinated motor control.
The road to recovery is a winding and bumpy one. Sometimes you feel as if your stuck in the mud or just going in circles trying to find your way down the path. Until I hooked up with Nature's Edge I felt lost. It felt as if we were aimlessly wandering through this unfamiliar territory with no real chance of finding our way through. The wonderful staff at Nature's Edge help to make sure your moving in the right direction. They go above and beyond not just to treat my son but to care for him. They have a plan to move forward but M's needs (physical and emotional) are always a huge factor in the decision making process. Nature's Edge has the most knowledgeable staff in our area and they are continually searching out new techniques and technologies to improve their ability to help. With the help of Nature's Edge I started to believe that my son will be able to regain some of the independence he used to enjoy. They gave me hope again. And hope is the most powerful tool you can have with you on the road to recovery.
Nature's Edge Therapy Center utilizes a unique approach to therapy to reach individuals who may not respond to traditional therapy techniques. I especially love to hear the stories and see the photos of the positive impact the animals have in the care of our patients. We have an awesome group of dedicated and talented staff and volunteers who help us reach our mission.
As a board member I am always amazed at the success stories and changed lives of Natures Edge clients. Their unique approaches for treatment has seen great success. I appreciate that they treat regardless of ability to pay.
I have volunteered for the past several years. I enjoy seeing the kids go through there therapy from start to finish.
I have been a volunteer for 15 years so I have been involved in many aspects of the Nature's Edge mission. Working with Becky, the staff, and other volunteers is a very rewarding experience. The therapists unique and creative approach to treatment produces amazing results. Whether I am observing or participating I always learn something new or someway to contribute. Volunteering at Natures Edge is a learning experience that teaches me how to better help people. Nature's Edge Therapy Center is a special place for all of us.
Years ago I worked for an agency that sent residents for speech therapy. The staff worked with me to teach me how to use the communication aides to not only help the resident but also to teach other staff on the proper use of communication boards. Since then I have become a respiratory therapist and work with people who have lost their ability to speak. With the training I received at Nature's Edge, I am able to show new staff at my facility how to effectively use communication boards to enable patients to effectively communicate.
My nephew has a traumatic brain injury and started Nature's Edge therapy to gain his motor functions back. I have been so pleased with how much time and energy and care the staff at Nature's Edge put into sessions. My nephew loves getting on the horse, and I have seen so much improvement in his motor skills since he began therapy with Nature's Edge.
Our son loved to go out there for therapy and has finished. They have helped a lot and very understanding and we're able to adapt and to help us and him at very short notice. He has since finished and is now volunteering out there. They are a lot of help and a blessing to our family. Thanks nature's edge.
Nature's Edge Therapy Center is a very relaxing place for people to receive treatment. While volunteering I've noticed that patients and their families feel comfortable being in the calm environment and enjoy seeing all the animals there. The staff is very friendly and helpful to all. The center is located on a beautiful property with some exceptionally made riding trails.
Nature's Edge continues to amaze me with their caring & educated staff and with the highly effective work they do with so many youth in Barron County! I appreciate the level of collaboration that staff put in to make sure that their established treatment goals for youth are implemented across all settings and in line with the overall treatment planning for the child and family. Nature's Edge has made every effort to ensure that children, regardless of funding availability, have access to needed services. This organization is a wonderful asset to the community!
As a professional, I have referred several children with severe needs to Nature's Edge Therapy Center. I am so amazed by the impact their unique services have on children who have struggled to respond to more traditional therapies. The staff and volunteers are very friendly and welcoming. They do a great job of making children and families comfortable and relaxed at their facility. I highly recommend Nature's Edge to others!
Absolutely love the feeling you get just driving down the driveway. The center has a way about it that makes you feel so comfortable. Beautiful scenery, wonderful animals, and an amazing group of staff/volunteers.
We are very pleased with Nature's Edge and their style of speech therapy. Using nature as a base has helped give our 4 1/2 year old grandson the enthusiasm to participate and to learn, and we are happy to see progress. At Nature's Edge you will find friendly and knowledgeable staff using animals and a rural setting to deliver therapy. We see this as very positive and are happy to recommend Nature's Edge.
Nature's Edge was first brought to our attention in June 2016, in hopes for my 9 year old to start therapy at the center. What a wonderful place!! The staff and volunteers are awesome, caring people. They make you feel welcome as if you are family. My daughter has been in speech and OT therapy since July and I can already see the improvement. She loves the animals, Peppy the ferret being her favorite. She actually looks forward to going to therapy on a weekly basis. I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a great therapy experience.
love this place cant thank them enough. My son has SPD, SMD, and ELD. Since my son has been recieving treatment at Natures Edge he has accomplished so much. When he first started he only spoke a few words at a time now he us able to talk in full sentences. The hippo Therapy is great my son is more aware of his body and can look at you when you speak to him. Could go on and on about them but I really think you should see for yourself just how wonderful they are.
THANK YOU SO MUCH!
We have not yet been to Natures Edge, but we are very much looking forward to it. We have worked with some of the therapists and love them. They do awesome work. Excited about our visit next month, Hope it inspires my daughter to be a therapist and help these children with so many needs. And working with the animals would be an added bonus.
Natures edge was a wonderful place for our son to receive therapy! Our son went from 2 word phrases to 4-5 word sentences over a summer of therapy from April to November. All of the staff we worked with were caring and professional. We highly recommend this place for therapy.
They are knowledgeable, dedicated, and compassionate. All ingredients for helping their clients reach their highest potential.
I got the honor and privilege of working as a volunteer intern this summer at Nature's Edge Therapy Center, Inc. for university credit. I am an undergraduate student at Colorado State University studying Equine Science and Business Administration with a Pre-Occupational Therapy focus. I hope to one day work as an Occupational Therapist specializing in Hippotherapy.
When I began my internship, I was immediately given great trust and responsibility; the staff is incredibly friendly and function like a well-oiled machine. The teamwork demonstrated among this group of professionals is unparalleled. As a volunteer, I was welcomed as part of this family-minded team and was constantly encouraged to challenge myself and share my ideas. Nature's Edge feels safe and comforting, providing an excellent atmosphere for therapy and an engaging environment for learning.
The experiences and wisdom I have gained from my time as an intern with Nature's Edge can only be described as life-changing. I was not simply "the intern"; I was a member of the team and part of the Nature's Edge family. I was given the tremendous opportunity to make meaningful connections with both staff and the clients I worked with throughout my time at Nature's Edge. In seeing the hope and happiness this center brings to its clients and their families, I have found passion and motivation to provide the same level of expert care in my future career in Hippotherapy. Truly an inspiring place!
My son is going to Natures Edge for speech therapy and we are so glad we found such a wonderful organization. He is progressing and reaching all his goals. I am so thankful for all the wonderful people who work and volunteer at Natures Edge. We are also thankful for all the animals and especially the horses, who with Hippotherapy, have also helped my son with his speech.
Our daughter received speech therapy at Nature's Edge Therapy Center the past 6 months. We are thrilled with her progress! We thoroughly enjoyed working with Becky Payne and the entire staff. We loved all the therapy animals and the beautiful setting. I believe our daughter responded much better to a non-clinical environment and felt more relaxed, thus could focus on the task at hand. We had a very positive experience and would recommend Nature's Edge to anyone!
It is truly heart warming to witness the amazing results that transpire from the professional, determined, dedicated and caring staff of Nature's Edge Therapy Center.
What a great experience it was at Nature's Edge! The combination of the staff working one on one with our son (diagnosed with selective mutism) and the use of nature / animals for therapy is amazing! Thank you for giving us the opportunity .
Dave and Janelle Lieder
Nature's Edge has the right combination of caring staff, enthusiastic volunteers, logistically minded Board of Directors, able administration and a grateful clientele to make it the top non-profit in our area. As a retired school superintendent who works with local service organizations I have knowledge of what is happening in our local non-profit sphere; Nature's Edge provides quality services to those who otherwise would be not be served in this niche.
Dr. Randal Braun
Love this place! In all the time I've spent here volunteering not a second went to waste. :) I have also seen how much they help their patients. Truly amazing what they do here.
I visited Nature's Edge at the end of July. My husband and I had been struggling on what to do about our sons meltdowns. It's hard to watch your child go in a downward spiral and not have the tools to help him. The second day we were at Natures Edge he had a full meltdown. Becky and her staff were great. They calmed him down and showed me what I could do for next time. We worked together on what we could do when I returned home. Since we returned home his meltdowns are much milder, and far and few between. The services we received at Nature's Edge has changed our lives and have made a positive change in our son. We now have a renewed excitement and hope that things are going to continue to get better. Thank you to everyone at Nature's Edge. You can't put a price in that kind of therapy. We can not wait to return and show them our progress. I highly recommend Nature's Edge.
We were blessed to be the first family to benefit from the intensive week long therapy where we stayed at NE & had therapists working with us around the clock. I don't know anywhere else you can receive therapy like this! It was lifechanging! Also, utilizing animals & nature in therapy was wonderful! Becky & her staff are highly knowledgeable & we left with a wealth of information-plus newfound hope :).
I have been a volunteer at Nature's Edge Therapy Center. I enjoyed the time that I was there, met many amazing people and made a few friends to. I left there feeling rejuvinated and happy that I was blessed with a chance to be able to help them out, even if only in a small way. Because, what they do there at Nature's Edge Therapy Center in a word is just truly AMAZING!
What a rewarding experience to be a volunteer at NETC! Everyone is incredible to work with and, of course, all the animals! With being a retired Spec. Ed. teacher, I truly realize the importance of quality learning for children and adults with special needs. I was involved in the 2014 summer programs for the Social Skills and Staying Active groups, along with sharing laughter yoga. With my passion for horses, it has been exciting to be part of the hippotherapy program as a sidewalker and an active participant in the therapy sessions. The progress of the children, their connection with the horses, and the strong parental support are absolutely amazing in this natural ranch setting. I am thrilled to be on the NETC staff as an Equine Massage Therapist and Volunteer Coordinator. I love massaging the horses, and even Buddy, the 3-legged dog. It provides many benefits to maintaining their health and well-being, enabling them to be therapy animals for years to come. I am a Pet Partner team with Bandit, Nature’s Edge therapy dog. We visit area nursing homes and senior citizen facilities, bringing joy and healing to the residents.
My daughter has Austism. I have taken my daughter Nature,s Edge for the last year or so. I love the staff and the philosopy they have. They are professional and very caring. They will find what works for the client. Not afraid to think outside of the box. Very positive and determined to help each and every client and meet them where they are at.
Our son, Christian, was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder, dyspraxia, and anxiety. We had tried a clinically-based agency with only minimal results. After four years of trying many things, we had hit a point in March of 2015 where he refused to go to OT anymore. At a conference, we found Nature's Edge and we haven't looked back since! Christian LOVES therapy because of the animals and being outside. He's an animal-lover and has a blast "playing" with the animals. Little does he know he's receiving top-rate Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy during his playdates with his animal friends. The staff at Nature's Edge are the most helpful, personable, and caring individuals we've worked with. We love Nature's Edge and highly recommend checking them out!
I have volunteered my time helping out with client group activities, photography, side walking,and grooming/exercising the animals! I have seen amazing treatment/activities given by the therapists to increase the self confidence and the progress of the clients abilities! The volunteers/staff are so welcoming and friendly. The scenery, nature, and farm animals are so calming and soothing! I usually come to volunteer 1-2 times a week! Volunteering here has helped my self confidence, mood and exercise in many abundant ways! I really love coming to this amazingly awesome, Nature's Edge Therapy center!
On March 17, 2014, our daughter, Brianna, was involved in a terrible car accident and was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury, polytrauma, shattered pelvis, left clavicle fracture, critical illness polyneuropathy,
right-sided foot drop, and diabetes insipidus. Brianna started speech and occupational therapy at Nature’s Edge four days after an almost four and a half month hospital stay. Brianna made amazing progress from the
very first visit. As Brianna’s mother, I do not feel Brianna would be doing as well as she is or be as
engaged in her therapy if it were not for Nature’s Edge. We feel like we are with family at Nature’s Edge and
would recommend this type of therapy to anyone who wants to make huge progress in record time.
I have helped with developing a few videos and I have seen first hand the amazing things that happen at Nature's Edge. They have great results with the patients that go there.
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.
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!!
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:)
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.