Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Surfers Healing for Autism

Today I had the privilege to volunteer for our local ''LowCountry Autism Foundation''. 15-20 families that have a child w/ Autism took a trip up to Folly Beach in Charleston, SC to participate in an event camp called 'Surfers'Healing.'
Surfers Healing was founded by Israel and Danielle Paskowitz. Their son, Isaiah, was diagnosed with autism at age three. Like many autistic children, he often suffered from sensory overload-- simple sensations could overwhelm him. The ocean was the one place where he seemed to find respite. A former competitive surfer, Israel hit upon an idea, with Isaiah on the front of his surfboard, and Izzy steering from the back, the two spent the day surfing together. Surfing had a profound impact on Isaiah. Israel and Danielle decided they wanted to share this unique therapy with other autistic children. They began to host day camps at the beach where autistic children and their families could be exposed to a completely new experience of surfing.
Many of our local children that attended the camp today had a wonderful time playing on the beach, in the water and especially surfing with the camp pros. Each child rode waves, posed for pictures and received medals for their greatness. I feel the ocean always had healing properties for me. Today I witnessed joy, happiness and laughter with each child and family member. Tripp Ritchie, local Chair to the ''LowCountry Autism Foundation'' organized a wonderful day that will be everlasting in the families memories. Kudos to Tripp. It was a humbling but exciting experience to what I witnessed today. Made an impact on me and was honored to be a part of their day..
Please take a moment to check out the sites. Thank you ,... Glen
Pro Surfers ride tandem with each child.
Izzy and his buddy .. Some SUP's were used today for the camp.
One of the many rides each child experienced.
A ride that lasts a lifetime..

No comments: