FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - Leg Up Farm, a pediatric therapy center for children with special needs, is making its next home in Fayetteville.
Local school officials said they are excited to see this facility available for students.
"This will provide a one-stop shop for students,” said Lauren Zima, Supervisor of Autism Services, Chambersburg Area School District. “So, families are not running to one provider for speech therapy, another provider for occupational therapy [and] another provider for therapeutic riding. You can see how time consuming that could be.”
Zima said more than 1,200 students in the Chambersburg Area School District could benefit from the farm.
Beyond therapy, it will provide creative spaces, therapeutic riding and counseling.
“It can be life skills, it could be therapy, [or] it could be educational skills, but by doing it in these fun environments, kids are engaged in their own success,” said Louis Castriota, President and CEO, Leg Up Farm.
The outpatient facility will be located on 15 acres of the Penn National Golf Course Community and is set to be up-and-running in two to three years.
"Leg Up will add richness to our community by serving families that would otherwise probably not find their way to this part of the valley, and they will become part of this master plan community,” said Patrice Nitterhouse, Vice President, White Rock Inc., Developer of Penn National Golf Course Community.
Castriota said its current location helps about 500 children per week, and they hope to do the same in Franklin County with the help of local schools, hospitals and businesses.
“We all really need to work together, because as we work together, we all have strengths. By bringing those strengths together, we really support the child in the best possible way,” said Castriota.
The inspiration for the facility is Castriota's daughter Brooke.