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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Surf's Up for local children of varying abilities thanks to Ocean Therapy Intervention

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Twenty-three local children of varying abilities are learning to surf at Narragansett Town Beach thanks to a community adapted physical education program called Surf Ocean Therapy Intervention offered by the URI Kinesiology Department.

“There aren’t very many activities for children with disabilities, and the result of the pilot surfing program we did last year showed so many positives,” said Assistant Kinesiology Professor Emily Clapham, who created the surfing program. “There was increased core and upper body strength, enhanced balance and just a better overall sense of wellbeing.”

The children, ages 5-19, meet at the beach twice a week for eight weeks, wearing wet...

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