Tender Care Donates Special Needs Resources Expo Proceeds to HorsePlay Therapy

 Providing a Helping Hand for Special Needs Children and Families.

HorsePlay Therapy

On April 1st, Tender Care had a successful Special Needs Resources Expo at our St. Augustine center!

During the Expo, we raised over $600 which we donated to HorsePlay Therapy. A not-for-profit organization for kids with special needs and veterans with PTSD and other life-altering injuries.

We had over 20 vendors, 6 food sponsors, $1000 worth of raffle prizes, and a multitude of attendees at the Expo. We also had a bounce house donated for the day, a fire truck, a sensory room, and face painting!

HorsePlay Therapy

We donated the proceeds to this local organization due to the incredible work they do for kids with special medical needs. They use Hippotherapy, a treatment strategy utilized in physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy that utilizes the movement of the horse to help participants work toward their individualized goals. Hippotherapy provides multiple benefits for children with special needs, that includes balance and postural control, sensory input, and respiratory support for speech production, just to name a few. The emotional connection that the horses provide leads to improved confidence and social-emotional well-being for the children.

HorsePlay

HorsePlay Therapy serves children with diagnoses such as 

  • Down Syndrome 
  • Autism
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Genetic Abnormalities
  • ADHD
  • Sensory Processing Disorder

They also serve veterans, learn more here.

The horses at HorsePlay Therapy are carefully selected for their temperament and movement. All are specially trained for therapy sessions and are handled by experienced handlers.

Learn more about HorsePlay Therapy by visiting their website, they also accept donations and allow volunteers.

Why should my child go to Tender Care PPEC?

Tender Care PPEC provides care for medically complex and fragile children from birth to 21 years of age in a daycare-like environment staffed with nurses, CNAs, and therapists. We are the first independently owned PPEC in the State of Florida with our initial center opening in 1988. This means we have an abundance of experience and knowledge in providing loving care to this special pediatric population. We have 6 Tender Care PPEC centers throughout Florida, with our newest facility located in Lake Park.

Lake Park Location

Our goal is to enhance the development of each child through collaborative relationships between families, physicians, nurses, and therapists. This holistic approach to care is carried out in an environment that allows the child to engage in social interactions with their peers. This results in thriving children, well-positioned to achieve their greatest potential. We also offer transportation at no cost and provide nutritious meals throughout the day. 

What sets us apart is that we care for and treat every child like family. We have passion in our hearts for our children and a desire to see them succeed.

*This is not medical advice, always consult with your child’s doctor before making any changes to their lifestyle. 

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