Recently opened Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark, Asia’s largest aqua playground, kindly entertained a group of special needs children from the Horseshoe Point therapy riding programme.
Riding therapist Sandra Cooper explains, “It is beneficial to see our special needs riders in a different surroundings.” This helps to further understand their personalities and needs. Watching them process their new surrounding can be most challenging to the child. Two young riders took the whole morning to put their feet in the moving water, once in the water you could see their delight. Just like therapy riding you have to keep encouraging the child and, with time, you will get the results. Whether your child is Autistic or Downs syndrome, change can be very hard. Patience is needed and lots of repetition, then you see the results.
Ben 10, Tom Whatnall & Toto.
Some children found balance and co-ordination their main aim of the day, particularly on the Surfarena. Coached by the Cartoon Network swimming staff, our children mastered the skill to surf, much to the delight of their parents who then couldn’t wait to try themselves. Next was the Megawave, either using the boats or rubber rings to ride the waves.
At lunch time under the cabanas the Cartoon Network mascots came to entertain. The ever popular Ben 10 along with Princess Bubblegum and the Powerpuff girls. A huge chocolate cake was presented to the children in celebration of their special day. It was wonderful to see the parents have the opportunity to relax and switch off in this incredible water park.
Look Giew with the Powerpuff girls.
For the afternoon’s entertainment everyone headed for the Cartoonival, shooting down curly slides and getting soaked by the giant tipping bucket.
We would like to thank all the staff of Cartoon Network Amazone for their kind hospitality on Friday 26th September. Bonding days like these build better relationships allowing more trust from our riders.
Ploy is completely entranced by Princess Bubblegum.
Look Giew learns to surf.
Tom Whatnall tackles the waves.
A huge chocolate cake was presented to the children in celebration of their special day.