January 25 we welcomed a new team member to Nature’s Edge. Simba is a 9 year old registered red roan Gypsy Vanner that comes to us from LexLin Gypsy Ranch in Tennessee. He’s very willing and eager to please whoever is working with him, loves to be scratched, and loves being around people in general. When entering the pasture Simba is one of the first ones to greet you. We are excited to have Simba join the Nature’s Edge family!
Nature’s Edge Therapy Center’s
Evening in Elegance Gala
Friday Evening, January 20, 2017
The Elks Club
Rice Lake, WI
Please join us and support our mission for our biggest fundraiser of the year, a semi-formal dinner event. The evening starts with hors d’oeuvres during social hour, along with silent auction items on display for bid. At 6:45, dinner is served, with your choice of King Cut Prime Rib, a Boneless Chicken Breast with Burgundy Mushroom Sauce, or a Vegetarian Entrée.
After dinner the live auction begins, with dozens of items for every budget. We will also be conducting a Delicious Desserts auction.
Following the auction, from 9pm to midnight, we will be entertained with live music by the Dean’s List Orchestra to top off a beautiful evening with dancing, or just relax and enjoy the music!
Reservations are required and tickets are $50 per person. Call 715-859-6670 or email Becky at [email protected]
We also welcome donations! If you have something you think would be suitable for this fundraiser, please call the center. As always, donations to Nature’s Edge are tax deductible.
All proceeds from the evening benefit Nature’s Edge Therapy Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing unique and highly effective therapy to people of all ages coping with a variety of disabilities, including autism, brain injury, cerebral palsy and others. This specialized therapy is in great demand, and we are the only center in our area of this kind, Many patients require financial support to obtain it, and it is through your help that we are able to achieve our goal of helping those in need. We hope to see you there, and truly appreciate your support of our patients and our mission!
More than simply spending time with an animal, Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) is a therapist-guided experience designed to improve a patient’s mental, physical, social and emotional functioning. At Nature’s Edge, our therapy animals include dogs, cats, chinchillas, donkeys, llamas, pot-bellied pigs, cows, parrots and ferrets, each chosen for their characteristics in relation to the patient’s specific goals.
For example, a patient with difficulty in the areas of concentration, communication and fine motor control will be encouraged to pay attention to a story. The patient is then introduced to a parrot and will take turns with the parrot, repeating specific words and turning pages, as directed by the therapist.
Each animal-assisted therapy session is documented and the patient’s progress is evaluated on an ongoing basis.
What are the benefits of animal-assisted therapy?
Improved fine motor skills
Improved wheelchair skills
Lower blood pressure
Increased verbal interaction
Increased attention skills
Development of leisure skills
Improved long- and short-term memory
Improved knowledge of concepts, such as size, color, etc.
Wisconsin specialists in animal-assisted therapy
We encourage you to contact us at Nature’s Edge to learn more about our Wisconsin animal-assisted therapy services!
Specializing in autism, traumatic brain injury and cerebral palsy, the fully-licensed therapists at Nature’s Edge provide intensive therapy services for patients of all ages, facing a wide variety of disorders. In addition to speech, occupational and physical therapies, our specially-trained staff employs three extraordinary treatment tools – hippotherapy (equine/horse-assisted therapy), animal-assisted therapy and horticulture therapy – using the natural environment of our 65-acre ranch. Our family-centered approach provides both the patient and his/her caregivers with comprehensive tools they can use for a lifetime, and even offers an intensive inpatient program through Diane’s House where they can live and work together on these skills.
Nature’s Edge Therapy Center provides skilled speech, occupational and physical therapies to patients of all ages through our year-round outpatient clinic. Therapist, patient and family all team together to set goals and achieve out-comes. All therapies focus on discovering and developing patent abilities and utilize the multi- dimensional sensory and affective stimuli of the natural setting and the human-animal bod to realize potentials.