Orlando Water Park has a fun event for children with autism


ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – A very special event was held at an Orlando water park this weekend for over 40 children with autism and other disabilities.

Above the Wake has partnered with the Orlando Watersports Complex to make this fun day out for the kids. The mission of the national non-profit organization is to help children with autism overcome obstacles through water sports.

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The children learned wakeboarding, ZUP boarding and paddle boarding at the water park on Sunday.

“We work with the children to find out what they would like to set as a goal for our time together. It can be as easy as taking the subway or wakeboarding and waterskiing at the other end. “

Tom Hart, executive director of Above the Wake, believes that inclusion is achieved by creating opportunity and focusing on the child, not the disability.

Water sports activities have been shown to benefit children with sensory problems, especially those with autism and cognitive delays.

Swimming in and around water can help children on the autism spectrum improve language, coordination, social skills, self-esteem, and cognitive processing, according to the Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation.

Water also provides a calming environment for children on the autism spectrum, with the water having a calming effect on the body and reducing any disturbing noises.


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Janet Smith