The Children's TherAplay Foundation is a not-for-profit pediatric outpatient clinic just north of Indianapolis that serves children with special needs. But that’s just the beginning of the story. This is just
one of the very few clinics in the country dedicated to providing  physical and occupational therapies on horseback,  through an innovative treatment strategy called  hippotherapy . Hippotherapy has proven to be life-changing  for both the children they serve and for their families.  

On Tuesday, May 7, C.A.R.E. volunteers will "Give Back" from 10:30 am until 1:30 pm and will assist with cleaning the therapy clinic and lobby area and assist with moving some items to off-site storage. The Children's TherAplay Foundation is just 30 minutes away from the airport, so conference attendees can head to the airport and home if so desired at the conclusion of the event.

The Children’s TherAplay Foundation came from the most unlikely of beginnings. In 2000, an Indianapolis-area occupational therapist contacted Craig Dobbs, owner of Lucky Farms, about borrowing some of the Lucky horses to help special needs children utilizing an innovative form of treatment called hippotherapy.

Blessed with four children of his own, Craig was happy share some of Lucky Farms' resources to help children in need, especially when he began to see for himself what the therapist had told him to begin with:  Hippotherapy works.

In 2001, Children's TherAplay became a not-for-profit organization, still on the grounds of Lucky Farms. In the ensuing years, Children's TherAplay founder Craig and other caring individuals helped expand not only the facility, building the therapy clinic and administrative offices still in use today, but also the program.

Today the organization is proud to offer pediatric physical and occupational therapy, both using the tool of hippotherapy, to 170 children each week. Each day they are honored to contribute to and celebrate the  first steps, first words, first jumps, and other remarkable gains  of Central Indiana children who have special needs. 

Conference attendees that have already registered for the conference and would like to participate in this worthy event should contact Bonnie Kosco.