AUTISM, DISABILITIES & SPECIAL NEEDS
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Ricochet has been surfing with kids
with special needs & people with
disabilities since 2009.
Therapy Dogs provide unconditional love, emotional support, understanding & listening anywhere they’re needed.
Kids & dogs don't need words to communicate
The video to the left shows Cori going down the slide with Sawyer. You'll notice that two kids slide down after them. Cori goes up to each child to make sure they're ok.
Each child gives the same response... patting her on the head. Both the kids and Cori completely knew how to interact with their non-verbal form of communication.
Kids and dogs... they just know!
Kids with disabilities are one of the most marginalized and excluded groups in society. Current estimates suggest that there are at least 93 million children with disabilities in the world. Many kids with special needs are judged and defined by their disability, rather than their potential. Some families face social withdrawal and isolation because of stigma, prejudice and lack of understanding. But, Ricochet and Cori provide adaptability, so every child regardless of their ability can partake in the activities.
- Nearly 1 in 5 People Have a Disability in the U.S.
- Kids with special needs and people with disabilities are one of the most marginalized and excluded groups in society.
- The prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the United States is estimated at 1 in 68 births.
- ASD is about 4.5 times more common among boys (1 in 42) than among girls (1 in 189).
One of the most common symptoms of PTSD, Autism and other disabilities is social anxiety. But, through Ricochet’s innovative model, social skills are improved in a non-judgmental environment where everyone feels accepted. Differences are embraced, which allows each individual to demonstrate their potential for making a positive impact in their lives, as well as the lives of others.