RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - One local nonprofit is helping individuals with autism grow a sense of purpose.
One organization is using farming, art, and therapy to create opportunities for more connections and development among the neuro-diverse community. We'll take you to West Rapid to show you just how in this week's Be the Change."
Dr. Wendy Mullins and her husband Craig are the co-founders of LMB Therapy & Farms, an accepting space to Live, Move, and Be.
LMB is a therapy practice that treats kids and adults with autism, ADHD, and other neurodevelopmental differences.
Dr. Wendy Mullins says, "Personally for me, I'm inspired on a daily basis. I tell kids who come and see me here, almost on a daily basis I'm saying you taught me something new that I didn't know."
LMB has a clinic, a greenhouse, and a small farm.
The clinic is home to multiple rooms for developmental screenings and hands-on activities like making slime.
Dr. Wendy Mullins says, "I might work with kids on aspects of working memory and sequential thinking by doing science experiments or cooking."
Lindsey Seachris's 10-year-old son was diagnosed with ADHD and ODD, or Oppositional Defiance Disorder, in the first grade.
He started coming to LMB a few months ago.
Lindsey Seachris, mother of LMB client, says, "LMB Therapy has allowed for me to reframe how we approach the situations, how I think of that disorder and to understand that this is a neurological difference, and that many individuals experience the same struggles that we have."
LMB plans to move the current clinic to a property off of Highway 44, developing a therapeutic farm and garden next to the new clinic.
Dr. Wendy Williams says, "We want there to be a very innovative state of the art sensory room. We also want to allow for space or families to connect with other families. We would love there to be opportunities to have training programs."
But in order to make the vision of the therapeutic farm a reality, they're asking for your help.
LMB Therapy is trying to win a $20,000 grant to help build the farm.
To vote for their group, visit aweber.com/bigimpact.
You can also donate or learn more about them at their website lmbtherapy.com.
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