Surfers Bring Healing to Autistic Children

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For children across the country battling autism, a surf board seems to be just what the doctor ordered.

Surfers Healing is a San Diego, Calif., based day camp that introduces autistic kids to the sport of surfing. The program pairs professional surfers with the children and then they hit the waves.

"Seeing these kids down here and the smiles and the parents having a good time, people crying - it is just because there is so much emotion going on. That's what Surfers Healing is all about," surf instructor Puna Moller said.

The group was the brain-child of former competitive surfer Israel "Izzy" Paskowitz, whose son Isaiah was diagnosed with autism at three-years-old.

After years of seeking treatment for their child, Paskowitz and his wife Danielle discovered the ocean was the best therapy of all. The couple then "decided to share this unique therapy with other autistic children," the group's website states.

"I've seen kids go out kicking and screaming, but come back elated when they are riding in," Paskowitz said.

According to Paskowitz, 99 percent of the time the children are able to get the hang of it.

"Seeing Garrett out there today, I know that it helped him," mom Tracy Adams said. "He just relaxed in a way I have never seen him relax before."

The camp will make 11 stops up and down the East Coast this summer.

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