In partnership with local surf schools, Surfing the Spectrum conducts Surfing Events which connect children with autism to local surfers in order to provide free surf lessons.
Water experiences are understood to have a therapeutic effect for many autistic children, in part because it seems to provide a source of sensory and emotional regulation. Furthermore the participation of children with disabilities in recreational activities promotes inclusion, minimises de-conditioning, optimises physical functioning, and enhances well-being.
Surfing the Spectrum has grown as a response to the need and demand for an inclusive ocean focused activity which targets ocean awareness, social inclusion and water safety.
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