Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Surfers Healing

Inspiration comes from across the Atlantic in the form of Israel and Danielle Paskowitz who have founded an organisation called Surfers Healing. Their son, Isaiah, was diagnosed with autism at the age of 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. He took Isaiah out surfing by putting him on the front of his surfboard and having him steer from the back. It apparently had a profound impact on Isaiah. Following this success, 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. The heart-warming stories which are told on their site provide inspiration for us all. To help others benefit from this unique therapy, you can donate here.


Paula the Surf Mom said...

A good and worthy article... I really liked this.

Tim Kevan said...

Thanks Paula. A great organisation.