The Impact of Participation in Multiple Surf Therapy Events for Children with Unique Needs


  • Lise Poissant Université de Montréal
  • Karina Cristea Université de Montréal


Autistic disorder, child, developmental disabilities, surf therapy, leisure activities, qualitative research


A growing number of organizations use surf as a form of therapy for children with disabilities. This study explored the effects, using an occupational perspective, of multiple periodical surf therapy events on children with unique needs. Semi-structured interviews were conducted in person after each surf therapy event. Ten parents of children who attended a minimum of three or more events in 2018 participated. The majority were parents of a child with an autism spectrum disorder (n= 7). Parents reported positive impacts on the child’s affect and on occupations. However additional research is required to assess long-term benefits of surf therapy for this clientele.





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