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As many of you know this will be our second annual Surfers Healing in Ocean City, Maryland. This event is held at The Castles in the Sand Beach on Thursday Aug 18th 2011.
We served approximately 78 families last year and we hope to serve many more this year!
This event is so fantastic, it gives these kids participating a chance that they might never experience if it was not for Surfers Healing! Children with autism have sensory issues and for a lot of them the beach is very healing, the feel of the sand beneath their feet the feel of the water and the waves of the ocean....then add the movement on top of a surf board with their own professional surfer helping them to surf! It is nothing short of amazing! You see parents in tears because it may be the first time that their child speaks their first words after surfing, or it may be the first time that they get eye contact from their child. I cant explain exactly why this is, what I can tell you is that many parents have shared positive experiences with us due to these camps.
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.
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