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Nature's Edge Therapy Center, Inc.

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Causes: Animal-Related, Animals, Health, Health Care, Rehabilitative Care

Mission: Nature's Edge Therapy Center provides the highest quality intensive rehabilitation by qualified and licensed staff to our patients and their families in a safe, natural and motivational setting, promoting the human-animal bond.

Results: Nature's Edge Therapy Center has helped more than 1000 families over the past 15 years! We continue to grow through your support.

Target demographics: Children and adults of all ages with disabilities in increasing their independence for everyday living

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 50 patients and their families

Geographic areas served: Intensive Medical Therapy for the patient and their family utilizing the ranch setting to progress goals significantly

Programs: Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy incorporating animal-assisted therapy, horticulture therapy and hippotherapy on a 65 acre ranch

Community Stories

67 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 Seth R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

1 Elizabeth223

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

They are knowledgeable, dedicated, and compassionate. All ingredients for helping their clients reach their highest potential.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

3 Khristeen L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Tammy O.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Such a great place. They do great work with kids both my kids loved going there.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 Amy_228

Client Served

Rating: 5

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 :).