My friend Kara of Crown Point, IN has a son who has a very mild form of Hypotonic Cerebral Palsy. His symptoms are more on the autism spectrum as his sensory processing is mostly affected, as well as some orthopedic areas with his legs and feet.
Josh has been attending Children's Therapy Plus in Winfield/Crown Point for about 2 years now for Physical Therapy. He does a variety of strength training, and he also does Hippotherapy or horse back riding to improve his trunk muscles and also calm him down by stimulating the nervous system through his hip flexors.
This is a FOR PROFIT ranch, but they have to pay their occupational, physical and speech therapists, as well as maintain a horse ranch, aquatic pool, and all of the other Innovative Therapuetical devices to make it FUN for kids to work their butts off to achieve their maximum potential.
Kara asked the owner, Tony, what his "Wish List" was as she really wants to give back to their organization. Tony has 20-year-old wooden outdoor play structures that are no longer safe for the older kids. A lot of the autistic kids are BIG in size and they want to participate playing outdoors but the equipment is not suitable for them.
Tony can reuse a lot of the hardware, but his dream is to get the wood and order the equipment to redo their play yard.
I'm donating a small Dove Chocolate Discoveries basket to the silent FB auction she is having. If anyone would like to donate something to auction or donate to this fundraiser please contact Roxanne R. Coria on FB or go to http://apps.facebook.com/fundrazr/activity/9f2fc300e3e34bc5b133409eafa409e5