LOVES PARK, Ill. (WIFR) -- A popular water activity is changing the lives of local stateline kids and their families. Loves Park Scuba recently started a new program, Scuba for Autism, giving kids and young adults the chance to experience the calming effects of being underwater, where distractions are minimized.
The practice mirrors being in a hyperbaric chamber, increasing the amount of oxygen they receive at a different pressure level. The results being seen so far are nothing short of incredible.
"It's amazing! Like, he asked somebody today how their Easter was and I literally broke down in tears. For a parent that doesn't have a spectrum kid its, you know, like, oh, well, whatever, but for spectrum moms who have a child who has a lack of speech that is the biggest thing that could have ever happened. It was amazing," says Rebecah Lamb whose son is in the program.
Other parents with children in the program have seen significant progress.
Four-year-old Jaxon Castillo has also seen dramatic improvements since he started to scuba dive. Jaxon's mom, Marcela Castillo, says the transformation has been amazing. "He was pretty non-verbal. Moma, Dada started coming back. Now he can complete a conversation with you. He'll tell you things. He had people around us smiling at his excitement. They didn't even know he had autism. We are just amazed."
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