Surfing as therapy for autism: Ocean Heroes charity helps children find connection


Published by: ABC News
Written by: Eliza Laschon

Learning to surf is proving to be a tonic for children with autism, helping them become calmer and more confident after a morning in the swell on Perth’s coastline with volunteers from a surfing charity.

The organisation was set up by a group of surfing mates last year and parents of children who have participated have been blown away by the positive results.

Judi Barrett-Lennard said her son William had “very low-functioning autism”.

“There’s a huge improvement once he has been in the water,” Mrs Barrett-Lennard said. Click here to read the rest of the story

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Autism Resources

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I received an email from a high school student named Kathleen who is currently a┬ápart-time volunteer/intern with Educator Labs. Diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, Kathleen put together resources on autism which you will find below in an effort to empower others with autism.

Thanks for sharing Kathleen, and best of luck!

 

Autism Speaks Resource Guide

http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/resource-guide

 

Career Assistance for People with Autism

http://www.hloom.com/career-assistance-for-people-with-autism/

 

National Center for Autism Resources & Education

https://www.disability.gov/resource/national-center-for-autism-resources-education-ncare/

 

AutismNOW Transition Planning

http://autismnow.org/in-the-classroom/transition-planning-for-students/

 

Aquatic Therapy for Children with Autism

http://www.saveonpoolsupplies.com/landing/aquatic-therapy-for-children-with-autism.aspx

 

Autism

http://healthfinder.gov/FindServices/SearchContext.aspx?topic=81