Colorful shapes on the Jacob Beachy Sensory Trail
Since 2008, Jacob's Fund, the U.S. program of The Red Thread Promise, has been giving disabled kids hippotherapy at McKenna Farms in Dallas, Georgia.
Now, on our first mission trip to the farm, we'll get physical with our efforts. Individuals and families will travel from several states to the farm in Georgia to work the weekend of November 4, 5, and 6.
The farmhouse turned offices/therapy rooms will be transformed again, this time into temporary sleeping quarters for the individuals and families who'll mend broken fences and care for the Jacob Beachy Sensory Trail.
This sensory trail consists of multiple stations, each of which stimulates one of the child's senses: sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste. Children ride their therapy horses from one station to the next around the circuit, interacting with brightly colored shapes, chimes, natural textures, and other stimuli.
During our visit, we'll begin planning a future mission blitz: erecting a viewing room along one end of the covered arena. The viewing room, equipped with a one-way window, will allow parents to observe their child while undergoing hippotherapy without creating a distraction that could interfere with the child's progress.
We'll take measurements and begin listing the materials and supplies we'll need when we return to erect the room. That trip is targeted for spring 2012.