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OCEAN THERAPY: A DEEP DIVE INTO HAPPINESS

April 25, 2021

The ocean is a sanctuary for many around the globe, but not all of us have equal access to the magic of the underwater world.

RESEARCH AND ARTICLES

Our Impact

Volunteers with lined up surfboards, on a flat day, children playing a game running across boards.

MENTAL WELLBEING

Overall report of positive mood states during and following the project.

“They were the picture of happiness”

“They were a lot more chilled out when they come back”

SOCIALISATION

Our wider societal impact

“Autistic can often feel left out in society, having somebody one-to-one with you, it’s really empowering for them”

Importance of autistic adult role models

“[Mentor] worked best with [Child]...they told us they were autistic themselves”

Volunteer carrying a child in shallow water.
Child midway through standing up on a surfboard, in white water, arms stretched out.

SENSORY INTEGRATION

Improvements in comfort with everyday activities where water sensitivities previously interfered.

“I find bath times, washing their hair and things are easier now. They have definitely become more desensitised...I think they liked the sensory aspect”

SENSORIMOTOR DEVELOPMENT

Organised sensory input from surfing reported to have improved motor skills in other tasks.

“They had a great first session, then that weekend we got them riding their bike which had taken three years...they didn’t give up”

Child paddling into an unbroken wave on a green foam surfboard.
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