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Hospital program helps kids go from being patients to being surfers

Newsday reports The Adaptive Sports Academy at HSS Lerner Children’s Pavilion and Surf For All, a Long-Beach-based non-for-profit, hosted a surfing trip on August 12, 2019 for pediatric patients with special needs. Nearly a dozen children received lessons on how to ride the board and how to stand in the water.

Newsday spoke to Bridget A. Assip PT, DPT, PCS, physical therapist at HSS, about the experience, who said, “The water for them is a playground, they have limitless abilities in the water,” Hospital for Special Surgery physical therapist Bridget Assip said. “They can do something that on the land might be more difficult, but in the water they can do things that they weren’t able to before.”

Read the full article at Newsday.com. This article also appeared in the August 13, 2019 print edition.

Additional coverage: Segments on News 12 Long Island and News 12 Westchester aired during the evening and morning news hours on August 12-13, 2019.