Swimming Lessons for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Posted in Uncategorized, on September 25, 2019 By Admin

Swimming Lessons for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Our team at Aquatics Academy is a welcoming group of instructors and coaches who are both accommodating and highly professional. There are many benefits to swimming lessons for kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Here are a few:

  • The pool water both soothes and comforts children providing a safe and supportive environment for them.
  • Swimming in a group helps children develop better social engagement and skills.
  • Swim lessons will improve impulse control, attention span and following directions in children.

Our Aquatics Academy founders have developed AUTISwiM®, swimming lessons specifically designed for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Our AUTISwiM instructors lead their classes with a large amount of teaching experience and are always enthusiastic, patient and supportive with their students. 

Are Swimming Lessons a Good Idea for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Swimming lessons for kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder provides both a social outlet and helpful therapy. Lessons will improve their

  • social interactions
  • spoken language
  • physical coordination
  • cognitive skills

Swimming lessons for kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder helps them to achieve certain group play skills, that otherwise may be more challenging to attain in another team sport.

Can a Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder Successfully Learn How To Swim?

Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder can learn to swim successfully through a reassuring environment, suitable supervision and a swim program that is developmentally appropriate for them. It is important for them to participate in a swim program that offers playful movement, repetition, consistent encouragement, and an abundance of patience. Additionally learning water safety skills is crucial to a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Drowning is the most common form of death in children with ASD, and it is twice as likely more than their peers that don’t have ASD that drowning can occur.  Therefore, swimming lessons for kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder can noticeably decrease drowning occurrences. 

What is Aquatic Therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Aquatic therapy typically involves a fitness program that is performed in the pool with warm water. This type of therapy uses the physical characteristics of the water to support a student’s healing and fitness performance. Aquatic therapy is proven to improve motor skills in those children that have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  Additionally, it is useful for improving functional deficiencies of children with ASD and beyond the pool, into their everyday life.


Aquatics Academy proudly offers their AUTISwiM® program at both of their locations in North York and Toronto, as well as part of their private one to one swimming program, Mobile Aquatics, where the instructor will come right to your home or condo pool, or any pool that you have access to.

Through their own journey and life experience, the founders of Aquatics Academy, Shaun and Rebecca, created and developed AUTISwiM®, curated swimming lessons for children with ASD. Both understand better than most how swimming lessons for kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder can truly make a more positive and safer water experience for them. For more information please contact us at 647.350.SWIM or click here.

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