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On the Beach at Banna

The story of what happened when Brian, a 9 year old boy on the autistic spectrum, took part in a week-long surf camp in Kerry.

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Documentary maker: Susan Dennehy

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Documentary Maker: Ciaran Cassidy

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On the Beach at Banna

Recorded over five days at Banna Beach, this documentary follows Brian Spillane (age 9) as he takes part in a surf camp for children on the autistic spectrum.

Trying new things can be extremely difficult for children with autism. Learning to surf would surely be a challenge too far. But Brian’s family have enrolled him in the Surf2Heal camp at Banna Beach in North Kerry in their search for a ‘meaningful activity’ that will engage this young boy with classical autism.

Brian’s mum, Christiane, gives an insightful account of what Brian’s autism means and how it affects her family. Meanwhile, the volunteers who make up Surf2Heal work closely with Brian in a bid to help him overcome his fears and have a go at ‘riding the waves’…

For further information about Surf2Heal please click here

‘On the Beach at Banna’ was produced by Susan Dennehy.
Sound Supervision by Anton Timoney.
Production Supervision by Ciaran Cassidy.

First broadcast Saturday 22nd January 2011.

An Irish radio documentary from RTÉ Radio 1, Ireland - Documentary on One - the home of Irish radio documentaries.

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