Thursday, June 30, 2016

#OnePerfectDay with Surfers Healing 🏄

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The Surfers Healing van!

Hello, everyone! ♥

To be completely honest, I am still not entirely comfortable talking about the subject of Autism or our personal journey with it. Primarily because it's all still too new to us and we're still seeking answers to a lot of questions we have. But, I am opening up about it a little bit more because I hope it will help other families like ours who are new to this disorder and want to help out their child(ren) develop as best as possible in a world that seems overwhelming, scary or doesn't believe them to be everything they can be... I will, in due time, go into more detail about our experience with Autism. For now, let me share with you our experience with Surfers Healing.

What is Surfers Healing?
Surfers Healing is a non-profit foundation that seeks "to enrich the lives of people living with autism by exposing them to the unique experience of surfing". This organization was founded by former pro-surfer Izzy Paskowitz and his wife Danielle after their son Isaiah was diagnosed with Autism at the age of three.  Surfers Healing teaches children in the Autism Spectrum to surf. The surf camps are free of charge to the kids' families and include camps all over the world. 

I totally recommend you watch this video if you want to learn more about this Surfers Healing, how they came to be and why they continue their wonderful work with children with Autism:

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I don't exactly remember how exactly we learned about Surfers Healing but, after learning about them, I did extensive research to make sure they were legit. And they are. Since their camps in California had just happened by the time we found out about them, I kept my eyes open and followed them all over social media for this year's events. Previously, it was a first-come/first-serve registration; however, starting this year, you register your child and there is a lottery to pick the children. I entered Simon's information as soon as registration opened up without thinking much of it (I rarely win anything) and just sort of thought "The worse that can happen is he doesn't get a spot". I said a little prayer and let it go. A few weeks passed before we got anything from them. Then, one day, we got an email...