Another Feel Good Story of the Week: Surfers for Autism Helps Children Hit the Waves in Florida
[Source: Tampa Bay Times]
Amick Olson crumpled onto the 10-foot orange paddle board and pressed his hands to his the ears. His flower-print swimming trunks were soaked in saltwater. His blond hair was tousled. His face was scrunched into a ball of frustration.
Amick is 6 years old and autistic. He covers his ears when he’s overwhelmed, and at that moment, he was a bit overwhelmed. But not in a bad way.
His father, Lars, floated in the warm water next to him. Amick wobbled to his feet. One hand clutched his dad. The other stayed on his ear.
“It’s all you, Amick,” Lars told him.
Then, for just a moment, Amick let go. He stood on the board by himself. He flashed a crooked smile. He was surfing.
Father and son high-fived.
Profound moments like Amick’s filled a 100-yard stretch of water off Treasure Island beach on Saturday morning.
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