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Therapeutic Surfing

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Ellen Peters

on 7 February 2016

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Transcript of Therapeutic Surfing

What if i don't know how to surf?
You can still volunteer!
Take a lesson! Lot's of local places offer lessons (Indo Jax, WB Surf Camp, Odyssea)
Incorporate aquatics into therapeutic interventions. (Improve social skills, decrease self-stimulant behavior, etc in children with Autism. [Pan, 2010])
Therapeutic surfing is often used for individuals with developmental disabilities, psychiatric disabilities, etc. Therapeutic surfing enourages psychological, physical and cognitive develpment (Clapham, Armitano, Lamont, & Audette, 2014) while increasing feelings of acceptance, confidence, friendships, and emotional health (Taylor, 2013).
Autism- therapeutic surfing increases social skills, assertion, responsibility, engagement, empathy, resilience, self-esteem, physical health, self-concept, communication, cooperation, self control, motor skills, and decrease in depression, self-stimulating behaviors (Stuhl, Porter, 2015).
PTSD- therapeutic surfing increases subjective well-being, and protects against serious problems associated with PTSD (suicide, anger, etc.), decreases social isolation and faciliates positive relationships (Caddick, Smith, Phoenix, 2015)
What is adaptive surfing?
Adaptive Surfing is surfing that has been adapted for individuals with physical disabilities, i.e. spinal cord injury, amputations, cerebral palsy.
Surf boards often have extra handles, adapted seating, more float, softer materials (foam vs. epoxy), as well as extra people in the water to ensure safety.
Benefits include physical improvements (ROM, balance, strength), sensory improvements (vestibular, taste, smell, touch), and psychosocial improvements (Lopes, 2015).
Everyone likes surf videos...
Locally: Indo Jax Surf Charities
Surfer's Healing
Life Rolls On
Ocean Cure
Mauli Ola Foundation
Nationally: Surfers for Autism
Ricochet the SURFice dog
Operation Comfort
Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation
Disabled Sports USA
Ocean Healing
Access Surf
Internationally : World Adaptive Surf League
Surfing the Nations
Standing Back Up

How therapeutic and adaptive surfing is helping people face life's challenges.
Purpose and learning objectives:
What is therapeutic surfing?
What kind of organizations are there?
The purpose of this presentation is to showcase the evidence based practice of therapeutic and adaptive surfing and how it can be used in Recreation Therapy.
Upon the completion of this presentation each person will:
Identify the purpose and benefits of both therapeutic and adaptive surfing.
Identify adaptive surfing equipment.
Identify organizations currently using therapeutic and adaptive surfing.
Adaptive Surfing Project:
Surfers Healing:
Derek Rabello:
A quick lesson on surfboard anatomy
Any Questions?
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