The Children's TherAplay Foundation, Inc.

Carmel, IN   |  www.childrenstheraplay.org

Mission

The mission of The Children’s TherAplay Foundation is to provide children with disabilities a foundation for developing life skills through innovative therapies, including physical, occupational, and speech therapies using a horse as a treatment tool, in a safe and caring environment.

Ruling year info

2001

Executive Director

Kathy Pelletier

Main address

9919 Towne Road

Carmel, IN 46032 USA

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EIN

35-2121568

NTEE code info

Health Treatment Facilities (Primarily Outpatient) (E30)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Occupational Therapy

We provide occupational therapy for children with disabilities ages 18 months to 13 years.  Our certified, licensed occupational therapists provide one hour, one-on-one therapy sessions with each child.  Most of the children we are privileged to serve attend therapy sessions once a week.  TherAplay is unique in offering the tool of hippotherapy - a treatment tool used during therapy in which the therapist utilizes a horse's movement to provide a combination of sensory, motor and neurological input.  We combine a "traditional" clinic setting with occupational therapy on horseback.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Children and youth

We provide physical therapy for children with disabilities ages 18 months to 13 years.  Our certified, licensed physical therapists provide one hour, one-on-one therapy sessions with each child.  Most of the children we are privileged to serve attend therapy sessions once a week.  TherAplay is unique in offering the tool of hippotherapy - a treatment tool used during therapy in which the therapist utilizes a horse's movement to provide a combination of sensory, motor and neurological input.  We combine a "traditional" clinic setting with physical therapy on horseback.

Population(s) Served

We provide speech therapy for children with disabilities ages 18 months to 13 years.  Our certified, licensed speech language pathologists provide one hour, one-on-one therapy sessions with each child.  Most of the children we are privileged to serve attend therapy sessions once a week.  TherAplay is unique in offering the tool of hippotherapy - a treatment tool used during therapy in which the therapist utilizes a horse's movement to provide a combination of sensory, motor and neurological input.  We combine a "traditional" clinic setting with physical therapy on horseback.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Children and youth
People with disabilities
Children and youth

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

United Way Partner Agency 2021

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Children’s TherAplay Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit medical facility employing licensed therapists to treat children with disabilities with physical, occupational, and speech therapy using the movement of a horse as a tool to accelerate physical, emotional, and behavioral development.

Physical therapy goals center around gross motor skills, and can include crawling, sitting independently, walking, jumping, riding a bike, and perfecting balance and coordination.

Occupational therapy goals center around fine motor skills and can include many activities of daily life including self-dressing, self-feeding, writing, cutting with scissors, emotional and sensory regulation, and behavioral strategies.

Speech therapy goals center around language and communication skills, and can include using a communication device, practicing sounds and words, and communicating with adults and peers.

All therapeutic goals are tied to our organization's overall aim to give children with disabilities hope for a more independent future.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve children with a wide range of disabilities, beginning at 18 months old through 13 years old. Disabilities can include Down syndrome autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, developmental delays, traumatic brain injuries, and more.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    In August 2021, we added speech therapy to our program offerings after hearing from many families that this service would be in high demand. We also have actively looked to provide more educational opportunities with accompanying childcare for parents to learn more about best practices in the field.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback,

Financials

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The Children's TherAplay Foundation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 07/15/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Lisa Kobek

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/15/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/10/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.