Last year, a few months after DS1 was diagnosed with autism, I stumbled upon a show, The Swell Life, on OWN.
From the Oprah.com website:
The Swell Life
chronicles a summer with world-class surfer Izzy Paskowitz and his
wife, Danielle, as they raise their three children and run "Surfers
Healing," a legendary surf camp for kids with autism. The couple support
one another through major tests of patience as they care for their
18-year-old autistic son and inspiration for the camp, Isaiah, as well
as their two other children, Elah and Elijah - all while running their
legendary surf camp.
Fast forward a year later, DS1 was fortunate to participate in a Surfers Healing Surf Camp at Waikiki on November 17.
It was such an amazing experience.
All of the volunteers were so gentle and encouraging with all of the kids.
When DS1 went surfing, he "caught" a couple of waves and was given a medal.
After surfing, he rode in a canoe, played on the beach, and went surfing AGAIN!
The entire day was full of heart-warming moments.
We saw so many kids with huge smiles on their faces throughout the day. Many kept wanting to go back out into the water to surf; others had a blast doing Zumba on the beach.
The camp also offered lunch (including nitrate-free hot dogs!), snacks, drinks, and shave ice to all of the participants and families.
It was an unbelievable experience for not only the kids, but for the families and volunteers too.
Mahalo to Surfers Healing, all of the volunteers and sponsors, and the Paskowitz `Ohana!
It was a day we will never forget.
For more information on Surfers Healing or to find a camp near you, visit the Surfers Healing website.
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