Special Strides, an all equestrian training center, has announced the opening of a new therapy playground.
Located on Congress Hill Farm in Monroe, Special Strides is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization devoted to improving the lives of individuals with special needs. Using a unique combination of horses, therapy, and a natural setting, Special Strides has been servicing the community for over 19 years.
Laurie Landy, an occupational therapist, opened Special Strides in 1998 and “envisioned an environment where individuals could reach their therapy and recreational goals in a locale that supported all their needs, including physical, emotional, sensory, and communication.”
The playground was made possible through the generosity of Dunkin’ Donuts’ charitable foundation, Joy in Childhood Foundation, which awarded a $7,500 grant to Special Strides for a new playground. The focus of the Joy in Childhood Foundation is to help kids find joy in their daily lives. As a result, Special Strides upgraded its old playground with a new vinyl playground including ramps, ladders, swings, slides, and rock walls.
Special Strides will use this outdoor play area as an integral part of its physical and occupational therapy services. The ability to include the playground into its therapy model allows the children to improve functional skills. Motor skills, including improved balance, communication, and confidence are gained with the aid of their dedicated therapists.
The playground would not have been possible without the continued support and commitment of Monroe and Spotswood Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners, Carol and Kevin Decker, Russ Romeo (senior Director of Field Marketing for Dunkin’ Brands), Jeremy Landy’s movie launch of Lemi’s Appalachian…