Currently there is no special needs or developmental therapy center within 60 miles or more of the Northern Wisconsin towns of Minocqua, Woodruff, Arbor Vitae, Rhinelander, or Lac du Flambeau, to name a few. Parents with special needs children, whether developmentally delayed, autistic, having downs syndrome, cerebral palsy or other challenges, who seek outside resources to supplement and enhance school support or birth to three services, have no viable options in Northern Wisconsin. Local hospitals and clinics will not treat children for physical, occupational or speech therapy. Northern Wisconsin lacks a developmental therapy center for special needs children. It lacks parental and family support as well as community and training even more. We want to be that place of support, mentoring and community for Northern Wisconsin all while developing a center that helps kids reach their full potential.
With Gracie’s Place, we will create a space that offers state-of-the-art therapeutic equipment as well as an area of respite and community for families. Facilities will include both large open gym area’s as well as smaller enclosed areas, depending on children’s needs and skills being worked on at that time (e.g. gross or fine motor). In addition, a low level horizontal climbing wall areas as well as a sensory light and sound room will be created to aid in sensory input and motor planning. All areas would offer highly specialized therapy equipment to meet the needs of each individual child.
In addition, we would offer hope and practical support for families of these children, offering training and mentoring on things like how to be your child’s best advocate, finding the best medical resources, newest research that may be of interest, potential grants for added therapies and at-home equipment, practical advice on caring for their child at home as well as caring for self and family. Our desire is to create a Christ-like community of mutual support and caring for children and their families.