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The Wickham Park Hotel will be holding an event for Surfing the Spectrum on Saturday, September 28th to help raise funds to bring surfing to children with autism across 10 locations this summer.

This will be a free family-friendly event held in The Wicko’s Beer Garden (Voted the best in Newcastle) from 4-7pm with games for the kids, good food, great company and live music from JJ King, followed by performances by The Blues Bombers and The Ride-Ons later in the evening.

Raffles, auctions and other fundraising initiatives held throughout the afternoon.

Surfing the Spectrum is a community-based surfing initiative, connecting volunteers to people with autism in an ocean environment teaching the participant’s ocean awareness and promoting the benefits of surf therapy.

Surfing the Spectrum combines our love for surfing with the opportunity to create a supportive community, in order to serve families and children who have been deprived of experiencing the richness and fulfilment we receive daily from the sea.

Surf Therapy is a new approach to traditional therapeutic techniques which has been growing worldwide. For children with Autism, surfing provides many benefits. Most significantly it aids in the development of sensory integration achieved through exposure to new experiences and sensory stimuli (tactile, auditory, visual, proprioceptive, vestibular).

The internal awareness of knowing where you are in space is a primal need and is something children on the autism spectrum have difficulty developing. It relies on the integration between our vestibular (balance), ocular (vision) and postural systems to give us a sense of security, an awareness of limits and confidence to move fluently in space across environments.

Surfing fundamentally requires the involvement of all of these senses.

Donations can be made Here

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