Individual Program (IP) enables children with disabilities to participate in animal-assisted and nature-based activities, one hour a week during the fall and spring. While matched with a trained volunteer, children engage in a variety of hands on activities designed to match their interests and goals. Children gain confidence while performing traditional backyard tasks such as gardening, grooming, feeding, and exercising the animals. They also engage in activities designed to cultivate communication, socialization, safety awareness, and most importantly, FUN!
Families work with our Program Manager to set goals and track progress over the term. Each child works one-on-one with a trained volunteer with the goal of complementing existing therapies and targeting focus areas. Progress reports and individualized goal tracking is provided to families at the end of the term.
For Fall 2023, we will run two 6- week sessions – Either in person or via Zoom!
Program Dates: August 28th to October 6th and October 9th to November 24th
(There will be no sessions on: October 18th, 19th, 20th, 23rd, and 24th as we prepare and cleanup for our Fall Hoe Down Fundraising Event. We will also be closed on November 23rd and 24th. *Make-Up will be November 27th to December 1st.)
The Individual Program runs Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, from 2 -6 pm.
Available time slots:
- 2:00 – 3:00 pm
- 2:30 – 3:30 pm
- 3:00 – 4:00 pm
- 3:30 – 4:30 pm
- 4:00 – 5:00 pm
- 4:30 – 5:30 pm
- 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Sign ups are on a first come, first served basis! Acceptance into the program is based on review of the IP application and an on-site visit at The Barn at Spring Brook Farm with our Program Manager.
Cost for one Individual Program session is $210.
A Non-Refundable Deposit of $21 (per session) is due at the time of the application.
Please complete prior to start of Individual Program on August 1st:
- Barn Activity Plan (Making sure to only choose 2 – 3 goals to work on)
- Participant Waiver/Hold Harmless (minor) form (either mail to The Barn or e-mail to [email protected] )
If you are in need of financial aid for the Individual Program, fill out the 2023 Individual Programs Request for Financial Aid Form.
Tours and more information are available by contacting us.