ERIC Number: EJ1032645
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
The Ocean as a Unique Therapeutic Environment: Developing a Surfing Program
Clapham, Emily D.; Armitano, Cortney N.; Lamont, Linda S.; Audette, Jennifer G.
Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, v85 n4 p8-14 2014
Educational aquatic programming offers necessary physical activity opportunities to children with disabilities and the benefits of aquatic activities are more pronounced for children with disabilities than for their able-bodied peers. Similar benefits could potentially be derived from surfing in the ocean. This article describes an adapted surfing program that was designed to develop and enhance the children's strength, flexibility, range of motion, coordination, balance, and psychosocial development. Throughout the program, the children and their surf instructors were encouraged to set realistic individual goals. Many positive outcomes were derived from the project, including gains in social development and self-confidence.
Descriptors: Aquatic Sports, Disabilities, Therapy, Children, Educational Objectives, Goal Orientation, Psychomotor Skills, Self Esteem, Individual Development, Muscular Strength, Perceptual Motor Coordination, College Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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