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In Newtown, kids with disabilities learn to water ski: 'It motivates them'

The Stamford Advocate reports the Adaptive Sports Academy at the HSS Lerner Children’s Pavilion sponsored a waterskiing trip on Lake Zoar in Newton, Connecticut, for pediatric patients facing a range of disabilities.

The Adaptive Sports Academy organizes trips for pediatric patients to build their self-confidence, help them become more independent, and increase their mobility.

“Some parents have said they were told their child could never walk and are amazed to see them ski. It also shows parents what they can do,” said John Denneen, director of pediatric service lines at HSS.

HSS pediatric physical therapist Samantha Sawade PT, DPT, PCS, noted, “We see that light bulb come on of ‘I can do this, and not only can I do this, I like this.’”

Families and friends are also encouraged to participate. “It’s really one of the only times as siblings they can do a sport together. These activities really just normalize their childhood,” explained Jessica Parise, child life supervisor at HSS.

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