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Nature's Edge Therapy Center, Inc.

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Causes: Animal-Related, 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.

2 Holly69

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

3 Jennifer443

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

3 Missi L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

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:)

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

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"

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

3 Wally B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.



3

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

2 Renee K.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Nature's Edge offers a comprehensive and unique approach to therapuetic activities with outstanding results that could not be achieved in a clinical environment.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am currently a board member of this nonprofit organization. I first became involved with Nature's Edge though when my son needed speech therapy over the summer while not receiving services through his school. He has autism and needed speech therapy to help improve his communication. He made tons of progress, but we also received help in working through his picky eating....finally! We carried the ideas introduced during his therapy sessions out at home. He is now able to eat what the rest of his family eats and is willing to try new foods. We will never take these changes for granted. We are so thankful for Nature's Edge!

2 Kryssy R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Nature's edge is an amazing center. It is unique in it's therapy. After years of forcing my child into hospitals and doctors offices to try and get something to happen, finding natures edge was a blessing. the environment and approach towards the therapy made things go much smoother. Absolutely recommend them.