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His first taste
When Preston Fairlamb was 6 years old, the autistic boy was almost nonverbal and rarely showed expression, recalls his
mother Jennifer. But that all changed
when the Chicago family traveled up
to Door County, Wisconsin, to visit
Jennifer’s parents, who, at the time, sailed
a C&C 37 and had friends who offered
tube rides from their powerboat.
“The power of that boat lit Preston
up,” Jennifer says. “That summer, we put
him in the donut behind the boat. We’d
never seen him so happy. He has difficulty navigating the world, but when he
was on that tube, it transformed him.” It
also transformed Preston’s grandparents.
A few years later, they bought a Chris-Craft Launch 25.
Until that first summer with the
runabout, Preston would only verbalize
simple food requests like “nuggets” or
“juice.” Then suddenly, boating seemed
to stimulate new language for him. He
began to develop his vocabulary around
the boat. Where he couldn’t find words
before, he emerged with new words, and
the first were “Do it again,” “Faster!” and
Now 21, Preston’s passion for being
on a boat remains. He’s at his happiest
on the water. The family has a Sea-Doo
personal watercraft that he loves; the
movement awakens his senses in all good
ways. He reads the waves and can tell
when the big waves are coming.
“Boating changed Preston’s life,” says
Jennifer. “Children with developmen-
tal and intellectual disabilities can have
such a hard time getting through the
day. They have to work so hard to deal
with all the stimulation that comes at
them. Finding a
that relieves some of
the stress has given
my son an outlet.
It was his first taste
of freedom. And the
comfort and peace
he gets from the
water usually makes
the rest of his day more calm.”
Preston now works with a job coach
part-time on a janitorial team. Every
summer, when the family comes back
from their boating vacation, he constant-
ly replays the videos from the trip. Even
in the winter, he watches his videos of
the boat moving through the water and
of himself with the wind rushing though
his hair. It’s given him something to
share with his coworkers, peers, and aids.
“Everyone knows this is what he
loves,” says his mom. “He shows them
pictures and videos on his iPad, and they
encourage him. ‘Wow! Look at Preston!’
they all say, and he beams with joy. Being
on the boat opened up a new world for
him.” — BERNADETTE BERNON J E N N