One of the ministries of Simple Faith Farm is the Barn Buddies program. This innovative Animal Assisted Therapy program is provided for children with special needs. With the assistance of friendly animals, trained professionals and Teen Buddies; children practice communication, social skills, sensory tolerance, and functional skill development.
We have a heart for kids with special needs. These perfect children have so much to teach us. We believe God has blessed each one with a unique perspective and purpose. It is simply our job to assist these children to reach their potential. The animals of Simple Faith Farm form a special connection with these children. We raise and train many of our animals with the specific purpose of reaching children with special needs. Our dedicated staff is intensely passionate about connecting all special needs children with a unique animal.
The Barn Buddies staff is highly qualified. Our core team consists of Patti Koski, Speech and Language Pathologist; Jennifer Keenan, Special Educator and Assistive Technology Specialist; and Tracey Klein, Occupational Therapist. Together the team has created the Barn Buddies program.
Our Teen Buddies have completed an extensive training course with our therapists. They each have a significant amount of experience with children with a variety of abilities. Their compassion is outstanding and their ability to relate to friends their age makes the Barn Buddies program an exceptional experience for everyone.
There is a connection that happens between these special children the animals that only our God as the Creator could have orchestrated. Come experience it!