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Published on Jan 31, 2012

Partners For Progress, NFP Therapeutic Riding Center is a 501(c)(3) organization located in Mundelein, Illinois. PFP - as it is lovingly referred to by its participants and donors - primarily serves residents of Lake County, Illinois but its' outreach includes participants from other Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin counties. By partnering more than 160 individuals per week with licensed therapists, community volunteers and specially trained horses, Partners For Progress enables these individuals to develop the skills needed to reach their fullest personal potential.

All those who come to Partners For Progress are treated as an individual, and receive an evaluation delivered by a licensed Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, or a Speech/Language Pathologist to pinpoint deficit areas which impact the function of daily life. Once that evaluation is completed, therapist, instructor, family members, and participant (if able) work together to generate a treatment plan that is most affective and beneficial for the participants functional gain, allowing for unlimited possibilities.

Our therapists and staff have designed the programs at Partners For Progress to be goal oriented utilizing measurable goals. Overall well-being health is promoted in an attempt to prevent the prevalence and progression of disease and disability. With measurable goals for the participants as well as the programs, progress is easily identifiable for the over 160 participants per week that we serve.

Collaborative teamwork based on purpose is also integral to success for Partners For Progress. With a skeletal staff (compared to other equine therapeutic centers) and 5 years of documented outcome history, the programs at Partners For Progress have been able to attain a 70% goal achievement success rate.

What does that mean? It means that 70% of the goals assessed to our participants are achieved, or for 70% of the opportunities presented the participant will demonstrate moderate or better progress toward the assigned goal. It is quite the moment to see the joy on a participants face when they realize that they are no longer limited due to goal achievement.

To support our programs, Partners For Progress provides a quality of horse that falls within the top 5% of therapeutic facilities within the United States. A higher quality of horse allows for more functional gain which is a necessity to all of our participants. This exceptional level of equine quality and ability - which is of the greatest importance to the participant - is maintained through rigorous training, maintenance, and quality veterinarian care.

Because of all this, Partners For Progress has been able to stretch our reach past the therapeutic needs of our participants. We are currently the only therapeutic riding center within the states of Illinois and Wisconsin that maintains a national traveling show team. This team participates in competition with the National Snaffle Bit Association (NSBA) and the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), and its participants have achieved honors that include World Championship titles.

Programs offered at PFP include:
• Hippotherapy- improves posture, movement, neuromuscular functions, sensory integration and speech through constant individual direct intervention, from a therapist.

• Therapeutic Power Hour- includes equine activities offered in a group structure focusing on cognitive skills, motor planning, visual perceptual skills, social interaction and sensory processing.

• Therapeutic Sports Riding- with independence as the goal, participants develop riding skills, stable management skills (horse and tack care), and have the opportunity to join one of our show teams.

• Equine Facilitated Learning- with the horses innate ability to to surround us with healing energy by holding a special captivation, this program fosters positive risk taking, leadership, social communication, independence, mental attitude, motivation and teamwork.

• Equine Facilitated Craniosacrial Therapy- this program offers incredible benefits by combining equine facilitated therapy with Craniosacrial Therapy, which is a light touch manual therapy that addresses restrictions in the craniosacrial system and directly impacts the central nervous system.

• Heroes On Horses - our Heroes On Horses program assists military veterans of any age by providing equine activities, therapies, and riding programs tailored specifically to the needs of each veteran. Benefits may include increased balance, coordination, muscle strength, self-esteem, and self control along with developing riding skills.


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