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John paul hawk
I have known "J" since his birth. He is a very bright child with a severe speech and language barrier that prevents him from communicating with others. He has apraxia. I consulted with his speech language pathologist (SLP) to continue the same type of program that she had been using. "J’s" SLP gave her blessing. I talked with "J’s" family and we began riding lessons in June of 2016. "J" was saying limited single words and for the most part not understood by family or friends. However, by October of 2016, "J" has advanced to saying three word sentences with meaning.
I have been a speech language therapist for 36 years in the Ada public schools. I began volunteering at Leap O Faith because I grew up with horses and wanted to combine my love of teaching speech and riding. I have worked for years the traditional way with other children before seeing these same type of results that "J" is having in so short a time. He will ride for an hour, totally engaged in the lesson. He has gone from not saying anything, to signing, to now saying, “Walk on” in only 5 months! When I heard him say, “Walk on” for the first time I wanted to dance, cry, and leap for joy all at the same time. Lately, he has advanced to saying, “Me ride Red” (one of the therapy horses) or “My Ted” (one of the volunteers.) I believe it is the action of riding or the natural crisscross pattern of the horse’s steps they helped "J's" motor planning with his apraxia. While he is riding, he is bombarded with a phonetic sound that his SLP has assigned for the week. I know each individual is different but "J's" progress is truly a miracle!
Speech Language Therapist
When "L" was four years old, she was diagnosed with anxiety, depression, conversion disorder, PTSD, and Trichotillamania. She was very clingy and would cry when being dropped-off at school as recently as this past year. "L" also had no eyelashes or eyebrows due to her pulling them out to cope with her feelings.
Then I heard about the Leap O' Faith program in Ada for kids with disabilities that used horses to help them cope with their disabilities. This program, and Kathy in particular, have been such a blessing for "L". She is off her medications, her eyelashes are growing back, and best of all, she smiles all the time now!
Leap O' Faith and Kathy have done what other therapies have not and given "L" her life back.
June is a hospice care worker and has been married for a long time to her husband Bob. They have three grown children.
A native of California, Stephanie moved with her family to Oklahoma six years ago. She is a wife and a mother of a special needs daughter and works for the Latta school district. She is also involved in Special Olyimpics. In California, she helped with a pilot horse-therapy program for children from dysfunctional homes.
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Born and raised in Ada, Oklahoma, Eric has B.A. & M.S.degrees in Counseling from East Central University. Eric has been married to Stancia, his wife and friend, for 26 years and has two children, and two grandchildren. Eric is currently working to help those who struggle with addictions, seeking recovery, and making life changes..
Born in Shawnee, OK and has lived in Ada since 1991. He received a B.A. from East Central University in English. John Paul is employed at LegalShield. He enjoys volunteering at Leap O' Faith TRC and is active in Rotary Intl.
I love horses. I always have. From the first time I got on a horse at five years old until now, I've been around horses both professionally and in my spare time. I've always had an intuitive relationship with them. But, I also love serving my Lord even more. When He showed me I could use my love for horses along with the love He gave me for people with disabilities, I knew this was the direction He would have me go.
It is with sincere humbleness and awe at what has been started at Leap O' Faith Therapeutic Riding Center that I write these words. It is my personal goal that everyone who comes on these grounds, as a participant, a volunteer, a trainer, or a family member of any of these, that they will feel the love of Jesus Christ and receive His healing and peace in their lives.
I look forward to serving each of you in His name. Please, come and join us!
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