OC gets special visit from Surfers Healing
Ocean City kicked off their Wednesday with a splash.
The beach town received a special visit from an organization that helps autistic children cope with their disorder.
Dozens of families gather on the beaches of Ocean City, all of them sharing one thing in common, they all have an autistic child.
"A lot of times family with autism don't go out, and do the things that other people do because of fear of the judgment," says Beth Jensen, a mother from Annapolis, MD.
Surfers Healing, a non-profit organization, set up shop in the beach town.The organization travels throughout the country -giving families with autism a unique experience. Surfing instructors and kids hit the water teaching them how to ride the waves.
"I paddle on the board, I stand up , and yell wipe out," says 15 year old Henry Mathias.
"Everyone is happy and smiling, and our son Henry is accepted here," says Priscilla Bucci, a parent from Bel Air, MD.
Organizers of the event say surfing provides a special type of healing for children living with autism. Often children with autism struggle with sensory overload, and we're told the rhythm can help soothe them.
"Once he is out there there is smiles, he comes so relieved so happy, says Jensen.
For information on future Surfers Healing events click here.