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Surfing the Spectrum offers beach therapy as a respite to COVID stresses for young people with autism

Simon McCarthy
By Simon McCarthy
Updated December 11 2021 - 11:18pm, first published 10:31am

COVID-19 public health orders that limited the spread of the virus may have proven especially challenging for young people on the autism spectrum, as families involved in the Hunter surf therapy program Surfing the Spectrum report their children experiencing heightened anxieties due to lockdowns and the stress of an eventual return to school and the community in the wake of the virus.

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Simon McCarthy

Simon McCarthy

Digital Journalist, Newcastle Herald

Simon McCarthy is a digital journalist working at the Newcastle Herald in NSW. He writes and produces video and multimedia for the Herald and Herald Weekender magazine, and co-produces the Toohey's News podcast. McCarthy has worked as a journalist in regional NSW since 2013. He joined the newsroom of the Newcastle Herald in 2017 from the Northern Daily Leader in Tamworth where he worked from 2015 to 2016.