Surfing is great for children with Autism

Surfing is great for children with Autism

Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in Australia, and it affects about 1 in 88 children.

Many children with autism struggle with sensory overload; in other words, simple sensations can overwhelm them. The weightlessness and rhythms of the ocean offer a therapeutic experience, a respite from the constant assault on their senses.

Izzy Paskowitz, son of legendary vagabond surfer and doctor Doc Paskowitz, was one of the first to explore surfing as a treatment for autism. When his son, Isaiah, was diagnosed with autism at age two, Izzy and his wife Danielle spent years seeking effective treatment. However, they discovered nothing worked as well as something that was already an integral part of their family: the ocean. Surfing provided Isaiah relief from his symptoms that no medicine or therapy could offer. Time in the water forced him to abandon OCD routines, and the ocean offered a calming remedy from sensory overload.

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