At Surfers healing, kids with autism can learn how to surf. Teacher and soon-to-be surfers paddle out together on tandem boards to catch the waves that come their way. That’s what they do; that’s what they love. That is what makes them especially good at what they are doing.
On the surface, their contribution seems simple: each year, their volunteer-staffed camps give over 4,500 children with autism and their families a fun, engaging day at the beach.
But go deeper, and you’ll see that a quiet revolution is taking place. Through the simple act of riding waves together, they’re defying the status quo.
When they help kids get up on a board, they’re challenging preconceived notions of capability. When Surfers healing encourage participants to dive in, they’re empowering them to engage with the world. And when they ride the waves together, they’re affirming that every person is a gift.
Surfers Healing is the original surf camp for children with autism, and they’ve been serving the community since 1996. Yet what they offer isn’t a ‘cure’, or even ‘traditional’ therapy. It’s a completely different sensation and environment for their participants. They give individuals a chance to encounter the waves, to challenge themselves, to try something new. And since 1 in every 68 US children has an ASD (CDC report, March 2014), their work is more vital than ever.
Their biggest challenge? Getting kids to come out of the water! Once they ride the waves, they don’t want to stop.
Surfers Healing Surf camps are organized in various locations and are often soon fully booked so check their website for updates.