e curve of Spencer’s smile partners with the curl of the waves as they crest over the edges of the surfboard he’s standing on.The hand on his back lets go, leaving the tiniest space between, as Spencer balances his legs and rides to shore.
After a team of high-fives with his three volunteers from Surfers Healing, Spencer wipes the ocean water from his face and points into the blue. He is ready to try again.Trying again is something we’ve gotten used to over the years. Spencer, like the now 1 in about 50 boys in the world, is on the autism spectrum.
When he was diagnosed at age 3, the neurologist said he would most likely never speak or hold a pencil. That thought flashed in my mind this May as I skipped through the waves at Miami Beach, sand sticking to my cell phone, trying desperately to capture this special moment: Spencer surfing.