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MAKE A SPLASH THIS SUMMER!

Harriet Phillips & Marilyn Brown

It’s here! It’s summer!

 

What will you be doing? Special projects or exciting getaways?

 

Of course, we encourage everyone who can to get out and enjoy these warm, beautiful days. Perhaps horseback riding?

 

We are strong proponents of the efficacy of equine-assisted therapies led by certified instructors. The benefits of hippotherapy for those with autism, ADHD or trauma are well known.

 

Knowing the therapeutic value of horseback riding is what prompted us five years ago to develop REST – our little pony in a box that is as effective in the classroom as it is at home (without any feeding, grooming or cleaning).

 

And because it’s portable, on wheels, suitcase-sized, and rechargeable, you can take it with you when go away. Soothing calm and focus are quickly within reach any time and anywhere.

 

We plan to spend the summer working on a special project of our own, and we hope to be able to share results in the fourth quarter.

 

Meanwhile, we encourage all who have or who care for people with autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactive disorder or trauma to consider getting a REST for their home, school or treatment center.

 

Why? Because REST works. It helps them, it helps you, and it helps teachers and caregivers.

 

Advocate with your special education administrators to get REST in your institutions and facilities.

 

Search for and apply for assistive technology grants. Go to sites like Donors Choose (https://www.donorschoose.org/) and get REST funded at your school!

 

Apply for grants. Seek out scholarships. Appeal to budget committees.

 

Don’t forget – it’s Summer! Remember to lather on the sunscreen.

 

And if you’re headed to the beach, look for us and say hello!

 

Harriet Phillips & Marilyn Brown

Co-Founders, GAIT, LLC

 

 

New Device Founded in South Bend Produces Therapeutic Treatment for Children with Autism

Therapeutic horseback riding has proven to be an effective treatment for children with autism…now two retired women from South Bend have captured the benefits in the form of a mechanical device. We introduce you to the founders of REST.

Made in Michiana: New product
calms those with neurological disorders

St. Joseph, Mich. -- Harriet Phillips has been retired for 15 years. Her friend Marilyn Brown has been retired for five months. That isn’t the case now.

 

“I am hoping it is a good crazy,” says Gait LLC Co-Founder Harriet Phillips.

 

It was about four years ago when Harriet was talking to a good friend.  Her friend told her about a family trip they were going on. She was nervous because she didn’t know how her grandson, who has autism, would respond to horses. Turns out, when her grandson got on a horse, he was a different person. That is when Harriet knew she had an idea, an idea that could help calm people of all ages with neurological disorders such as autism, ADHD and PTSD.

 

“She had said, ‘Why can't they have a horse 24 hours a day?’” says Gait LLC Co-Founder Marilyn Brown.

 

With REST or Relaxing Equine Simulator Therapy, they can. Phillips and Brown started their own company called Gait, after the gait of a horse. Now, they needed to find someone to make their product. That's where Edgewater Development, a company located in St. Joseph, Michigan, came in.

 

“I was excited. I actually had goose bumps thinking that here is something that might actually really be helpful to a community that might not otherwise receive that help,” explains Edgewater Development Production Manager Robert Blake.

 

They went to the drawing board and eventually made their first prototype. There were a lot of change that were made and the discussion started about color.

 

“It never occurred to us that color was a serious problem to autistic and attention deficit children,” says Phillips.

 

They decided on denim.

 

“Denim is universally known, accepted. Mom, dad, the kids, the neighbor's, the dog, everybody is wearing denim,” adds Phillips.

 

Finally, REST was finished. It weighs 43 pounds, has a rechargeable battery, is pressure activated and is easy to clean. It has three speeds, multiple motions like an actual horse and two different heights. Production started May 1st.

 

“What I love is when we get the reports back from the field of the units that are out there being used. The prototypes that are being used have been very well received everywhere they have gone and that is energizing,” says Blake.

 

Phillips says this product is good for anyone who has a need for it. That includes schools, private classrooms, homes, camps, the list goes on. It costs $1850.

 

Madison Elementary School has one right now thanks to a grant.

Locally-built seat helps relax kids with special needs

Mar 18, 2016

A local elementary school was awarded funding by The Education Foundation to purchase a piece of equipment that could help improve the lives of kids with special needs.

 

Madison Elementary School teachers tested out the REST Seat in their classroom and realized they wanted one permanently.

 

The seat works by simulating the calming motions of riding on a horse.

 

"The idea is that REST stands for 'relaxing, equine, simulated therapy,' and we have found in our testing that attention deficit, autism, and any similar neurological issues, both in children and adults, are helped by this relaxing motion," explained inventor Harriet Phillips.

 

The seat is portable and built locally in St. Joseph, Michigan.

There's a new device, designed locally that is helping those with Autism, ADHD and PTSD.

 

Video courtesy of Michiana Public Broadcasting Corporation

 

“I am hoping it is a good crazy,” says Gait LLC Co-Founder Harriet Phillips.

 

It was about four years ago when Harriet was talking to a good friend.  Her friend told her about a family trip they were going on. She was nervous because she didn’t know how her grandson, who has autism, would respond to horses. Turns out, when her grandson got on a horse, he was a different person. That is when Harriet knew she had an idea, an idea that could help calm people of all ages with neurological disorders such as autism, ADHD and PTSD.

 

 “She had said, ‘Why can't they have a horse 24 hours a day?’” says Gait LLC Co-Founder Marilyn Brown.

 

With REST or Relaxing Equine Simulator Therapy, they can. Phillips and Brown started their own company called Gait, after the gait of a horse. Now, they needed to find someone to make their product. That's where Edgewater Development, a company located in St. Joseph, Michigan, came in.

 

 “I was excited. I actually had goose bumps thinking that here is something that might actually really be helpful to a community that might not otherwise receive that help,” explains Edgewater Development Production Manager Robert Blake.

 

They went to the drawing board and eventually made their first prototype. There were a lot of change that were made and the discussion started about color.

 

“It never occurred to us that color was a serious problem to autistic and attention deficit children,” says Phillips.

 

They decided on denim.

 

“Denim is universally known, accepted. Mom, dad, the kids, the neighbor's, the dog, everybody is wearing denim,” adds Phillips.

 

Finally, REST was finished. It weighs 43 pounds, has a rechargeable battery, is pressure activated and is easy to clean. It has three speeds, multiple motions like an actual horse and two different heights. Production started May 1st.

 

“What I love is when we get the reports back from the field of the units that are out there being used. The prototypes that are being used have been very well received everywhere they have gone and that is energizing,” says Blake.

 

Phillips says this product is good for anyone who has a need for it. That includes schools, private classrooms, homes, camps, the list goes on. It costs $1850.

 

Madison Elementary School has one right now thanks to a grant.

 

EXPERIENCE
MICHIANA

October 30th, 2015

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Local product launched to help people with disorders

Two South Bend retired business women are using their hard-earned money to create a machine that they hope will help people with Autism Syndrome Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Attention Deficit Disorder.

 

The product was designed at Edgewater Development near St. Joseph, Michigan.

Harriet Phillips and Marilyn Brown started GAIT LLC and their first product is called REST.Harriet Phillips said, “We’re not trying to win the derby, even on fast speed, it’s still very manageable!”

 

The machine is called REST, which stands for ‘Relaxing Equine Simulator Therapy.’

 

Marilyn Brown said, “In Greek it’s called hippotherapy, but in English we call it horse therapy. It’s been used since the days of the Romans, their warriors were in trouble.”

 

For centuries, horses have been used to soothe and help people in times of distress. However, horses may not be accessible at all hours of the day for some people.

 

Phillips said, “They’re not the tidiest and you really don’t want them in your living room.”

 

Her idea originated after meeting a 9-year-old boy who is a family friend. He suffers from Asperger Syndrome, and riding horses gives

 him a joy he never felt before. Phillips said, “The minutes they sat him on the horse, he began to sing, he was the happiest child they had ever seen! And that gave me the idea.”

 

Phillips and Brown hired Justin Erickson and a team of engineers at Edgewater Development to create the design. They hope to start manufacturing it soon.

 

Erickson said, “You can tell their passion and drive to get this thing to market has really pressed this project forward.”

 

An expo will be held at the Blackthorn Golf course on Saturday at their Blue Heron facility so the women can introduce their product to the public.

 

Video courtesy of ABC57, South Bend, Indiana

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REST is a seat that you straddle like a saddle. It mechanically replicates the slow, walking gait of a horse and hopes to be a breakthrough in the care of those with ASD, ADHD and PTSD.

 

Please check back here often for news, and tell your friends, colleagues and family members about REST.

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