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Equine therapy offers help forchallenged children, adults

Sometimes alternative therapies are the ones providing the most help in complicated cases. Sopris Therapy Services provides licensed physical, occupational, speech and remedial therapies to those demonstrating a broad range of challenges by incorporating equine assisted therapy in a peaceful ranch setting.Sopris Therapy has been serving disabled children and adults since 1994.Its mission is to meet the rehabilitation needs of disabled citizens in our community, regardless of financial status.Approximately 2,000 patient/client visits have been offered by the organization’s two full-time and six part-time employees in 2004. Close to 5,000 volunteer hours will be logged in this year. Services are offered 12 months of the year.Sopris Therapy provides physical, occupational, speech and remedial therapies to primarily uninsured and under-insured children and adults, demonstrating a broad range of physical, neurological and behavioral challenges. Equine Assisted Therapy is a wonderful tool for many individuals in need of therapeutic intervention. Sopris Therapy strives to achieve traditional therapy goals to enrich lives and maximize function and independence. In its unique setting, patients and clients often achieve far greater success than they have achieved with other treatment approaches. To achieve these goals, Sopris Therapy works with physicians, therapists, schools, social service and mental health agencies in a variety of programs.Pat Horwitz, current executive director of Sopris Therapy Services, began her service with the agency by volunteering to clean horse stalls six years ago. Now she is passionate about what her organization can offer those in need, and she encourages new volunteers to become involved.Sopris Therapy Services is located at the Aspen Equestrian Center behind Catherine Store off Highway 82. Its big fund-raiser of the year, Hoedown in the Barn, will be Nov. 13, and will feature a silent auction, country music and dancing, games, entertainment and surprises.Kay Vasilakis’ column “Nonprofit Spotlight” appears every other week. For news tips and inspirations, call 984-2308.

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