Our son was diagnosed on the autism spectrum at the age of 3. Since then, we have tried skateboarding as a form of alternative occupational therapy which has worked wonders for his speech, confidence and social skills.
Through boardsports, he has received the opportunity to connect with other people in meaningful ways. Whereas, in his day to day life, I don’t think it is easy for him as they don’t want to or can’t find a way to connect with him.
We had heard that surfing is also a great form of therapy but we could not find many resources for surfing instructors with experience teaching children with autism how to surf in Northern CA even though there are some great surfing spots.
Our Family has been working with Maui Surfer Girls and its owner Dustin Tester and instructor Sharky on surfing lessons for our son.
It has taken 3 summers but our son was able to stand up on his first wave on 6/12/17. I remember my first wave at the age of 16 some 30 years ago. I am sure that our son will remember this accomplishment too.
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