Waves of Healing: How Surfing Changes the Lives of Children with Autism

Waves of Healing: How Surfing Changes the Lives of Children with Autism

by Cash Lambert


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“Stand up, up, UP!” is the mantra of Surfers for Autism, an organization that runs surf events for children with autism, providing the opportunity to not only catch waves, but to become part of a supportive surfing community.

It is also a message to all those struggling with autism: a message to stand up, no matter how hard it gets. Waves of Healing collects the stories of a group of everyday families who discovered Surfers for Autism in their search for hope, answers, and healing for their children with autism.

These are stories about the struggles children with autism face—the struggle to stand on a surfboard, the struggle to communicate, the struggle to make progress in a world which accepts “normal” and rejects all else. But they’re also stories of breakthroughs, of authentic joy and unbridled excitement as they learn to see their world from a whole new perspective—standing tall atop a surfboard, riding a wave all their own.

Exploring new avenues of therapy for those with autism, with therapeutic and extraordinary results, Waves of Healing is a snapshot of hope, courage, and human perseverance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781578267941
Publisher: Hatherleigh Press
Publication date: 03/26/2019
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 1,183,743
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Cash Lambert is the former editor of Hawaii's Freesurf Magazine. He has written for ESPN Outdoors, the Outdoor Channel, Autism Parenting Magazine, Surfing Magazine, Eastern Surf Magazine and Surfline. A graduate of Palm Beach Atlantic University, he served as a volunteer surf instructor with Surfers for Autism for 4 years.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Breakthroughs 5

2 Diagnosis 27

3 Wheel of Autism 39

4 Adaptation 67

5 The Origins of SFA 85

6 Discovering Identities 91

7 What Makes Surfing Therapeutic? 111

8 The Family 129

9 The Last Day of Summer 139

10 Four Waves, Four Breakthroughs 151

11 The Last Wave 163

Epilogue 183

Acknowledgements 193

About the Author 197

Bibliography 199

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