Did you know that sailing provides a unique nautical "hydro-therapy" experience to people with special needs? It gives them them an explosion of sensory input. Think about how calm and soothing the ocean feels when you are in a boat. You can smell and taste the salty water of the sea. You can hear the waves as they crash into the boat. As the boat rocks their spatial awareness become more in tune. This past weekend, this is what my daughter was able to experience, thanks to Sailing Angles Foundation.
We drove to Kemah, Texas, a beautiful quaint seaside towns like one out of a book or movie. The town was so clean and the people were friendly. Even the public restrooms were clean (now that is saying something).
We met Captain Dave and he introduced us to the boat and reviewed safety rules. He and his crew welcomed us with open arms. They helped us transfer Marebear to the ship. She was so excited and I wanted her to get the most out of this once in a life time experience so I took her to the bow. There we were able sit, and see the the ocean all the way to the horizon. As we headed out to the open water in Galveston bay, we saw cruise ships and cargo ships. We watch pelican dive in the ocean for fish. Marebear kept trying to close her eyes, but was so afraid she was going to miss something, she never fell asleep.
The best quote of the day was from my husband:
"My daughter may never be able to drive a car, but she steered a boat!"I still cannot believe our family went sailing This is one experience we will never forget.
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Sailing Angels Foundation provides opportunity for family of special needs children to go sailing at no cost to the families, but it is expensive to provide this service If you would like to make a donation to this wonderful organization to help a special needs child experience sailing click here .
Disclosure: We were not asked to write a blog post by Sailing Angles. I wrote this post because of our own persona experience and love for Sailing Angels Foundation!