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Sailing program helps kids with disabilities

FOX 5 News reports The Adaptive Sports Academy at HSS Lerner Children's Pavilion sponsored a sailing trip for patients with special needs. Five patients between the ages of 10 and 20 years old set sail on August 1, 2019 in Oyster Bay’s West Harbor. The Adaptive Sports Academy organizes trips for pediatric patients to build their self-confidence, help them become more independent, and increase their mobility.

Sabrina Cerciello, PT, DPT, physical therapist at HSS, explained while many patients are first-time sailors, a little practice can outweigh their physical challenges. “That constant movement over the waves allows them to use their postural muscles, to engage their balance and coordination, and even just give them a new experience, a different way to move their body that they’re not used to,” said Cerciello.

Watch the segment at FOX5NY.com. This segment also appeared during the 10PM news hour on August 1, 2019.

Additional coverage: FIOS1 NY 5PM news hour on August 1, 2019. CBS New York. This segment also appeared during the 5PM news hour on August 15, 2019.