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Clare Deignan was one of the first residential students at The School at Springbrook’s Tom Golisano Center for Autism, which opened in 2012. Since her arrival at Springbrook, her social and communication skills have greatly improved. She has become very active in several different programs, such as Therapeutic Horseback Riding lessons and Springbrook Scorpions Special Olympics Track & Field.
Through Therapeutic Horseback Riding lessons, Clare has learned how to overcome fear—she was originally quite uncomfortable around horses—and she has developed motor skills and coordination by learning to brush and steer the horse. She has also gained more self-confidence not only by learning to work with horses, but through her involvement with the Scorpions Track & Field team as well. Scorpions Track & Field coach, Hannah Jacobsen, explains: “Clare has this great smile on her face every time she accomplishes a new goal or finishes a race. She’s really developed confidence in herself by being a part of the team.” The Springbrook Scorpions Track & Field team begins practice again on February 1, and Clare is excited for another great season of teamwork, communication, and being around friends.
Therapeutic Horseback Riding lessons and the Springbrook Scorpions Special Olympics are donation-driven programs that are possible as a direct result of donor contributions to the Springbrook Annual Fund. Thanks to our generous supporters, volunteers, and board members, who understand what making a difference is all about, individuals and families get to experience fuller lives.