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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.

2 Sara S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Nature's Edge Therapy Center is THE BEST pediatric therapy site between Marshfield, Children's Hospital, and Duluth!

The farm-based therapy reduces anxieties and allows my child to achieve success so quickly, we can't re-write his goals fast enough! Self esteem is built through great achievements and shines in his radiant smile while we're at therapy.

The staff thoughtfully researches best practices specific to my child and implements them while teaching me how to support his growth.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

When our daughter was 4 she had unintelligible speech. At 3 she had just been diagnosed with PDD-NOS, an Autism spectrum disorder. All we knew was that we wanted to get her as much help as possible. However, living in a rural area, that wasn't easy to do. We were told about Nature's Edge and as soon as we talked to Becky for the first time we knew we had found someone who could help. When we visited Nature's Edge it was beautiful! For our daughter, it was a comfortable in-home setting where she could practice speech and language, paired with the challenge of outdoor activities and experiences with the animals that were truly therapeutic. There were real social experiences that you just can't find in a clinical setting. It was really refreshing! We've been going to Nature's Edge for 3 years and our daughter has made great strides and is going into second grade with her peers! We know it is thanks to the hard work, creativity and expertise of Becky and the staff at Nature's Edge!

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Nature's Edge Therapy Center has worked in conjunction with the Cameron Schools. Several students have been served at Nature's Edge and benefited greatly from the care and expertise shown by the professionals and volunteers. A number of our students have served as volunteers and have themselves enjoyed and learned from the experiences. My wife volunteered at the Center and commented to me about how the organization and support contribute to the clients' improvement.

Randal Braun
District Administrator
Cameron School District

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at Nature's Edge in the summer of 2009 and it's been an absolutely wonderful experience for me. Recently retired, I was looking for a way to fill some of my free time. Not a problem at Nature's Edge! There's always something to do...helping out with the animals, side walking in a hippotherapy session, lending a hand in the office or with fundraisers, writing grants, etc. Before I knew it, Becky had recruited me to serve on the board!

The therapists at Nature's Edge, Becky and Heidi Jo, are inspired and dedicated. I love watching the patients respond to them and to the animals and to being out in nature. Therapy is still hard work, but it's also fun at Nature's Edge. The entire staff is very supportive of the patients and their families. And of course the animals are the best. It's such a positive environment to help patients progress toward their therapeutic goals.

Nature's Edge is a great alternative to traditional, clinical therapy!