By Sophia Hall

LIDO BEACH, NY (WCBS 880) – Children and teenagers had smiles from ear to ear Wednesday as they went into the water and surfed in Lido Beach as part of the Surfers Healing Program.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall In Nassau County

Young people with autism were paired up with professional surfers for a fun day at the beach.

Michael Lang, 14, told WCBS 880 reporter Sophia Hall that he had a blast and 17-year-old Robert Foreman said there were lots of waves.

“They don’t need to know anything about surfing,” said Izzy Pascowitz, the program’s co-founder and a father of a child with autism. “So, we take them for tandem rides, both myself or one of the instructors and a child and we go out and we stand up and ride waves.”

He says it’s very freeing.

“I think it also gives the parents hope that they can do this. Not only they can do this, but it feels good, it’s therapeutic and it melts away anxiety,” he said.

Do you know of any other interesting area programs for those with autism? Share them below in the comments section.

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