Ozark Pediatric Center

An Ozark pediatric center may seem more like an adventure land for kids receiving physical therapy than a typical doctors office.

Horseback rides, tire swings and a swimming pool; it’s a kids’ wonderland, but to these kids, it’s the path to a better life.

"We've been coming here for a long time; we pretty much tease around; we're one of the veterans here," Norma Turner said.

Norma and her 5-year-old son Austin have been visiting Sumlar Therapy Center for years and says she has seen great improvements.

"His condition is unknown, but mostly developmental delays so he has come a long way since we've been here," she added.

Sumlar Therapy Center sees more than 50 kids a week, offering speech, occupational and physical therapy.

The center offers aquatic therapy, traditional classroom help and the newest method using horses.

Midnight is one of two horses that trained in the Hippotherapy method and has helped numerous patients at the center.

Owner Kristin Sumlar said, "It's a therapist utilizing the movement of the horse to access or facilitate some new areas of mobility, flexibility, strength, and balance."

For Norma and her son, they are taking each day in stride knowing they are receiving some of the best treatment around.

Sumlar says the progress has been great overall, but the center is in need of more therapists.


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