Forum: Children with Developmental Delays and Disorders
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I did read about an event a group had in California for their autistic kids. It seemed more like a fun outing then therapy, but, I agree, it would make a great therapy!
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Surfing for ASD is not intended to be a therapy. There is a fantastic non-profit organization (I believe started in Hawaii by a father of a child with ASD) that started this movement but its intent is to be more of a day/week of fun rather than a therapy for children with ASD. THe creators certainly don't tout it as a therapy for ASD but it sounds like it would be a wonderful experience given that expectations weren't focused on resolving ASD.
I can totally see how it could be incorporated into a therapy session! fun outing sure, but to me if the therapy isn't fun then its not as effective either. My son is a great example of that. If the therapy session is all work and no play he doesn't respond as well at all! Think of all the signs and reinforcers you could teach, not to mention action words and sounds. That's just speech. OT would have a field day....we do pool play and water play in our OT and speech schedules so surfing would be even better since there'd be more movement, obviously more vestibular/proprioceptive stimulation