Swimming Lessons for a Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Aquatics Academy AUTISwiM® Program
At Aquatics Academy we welcome EVERYONE who wants to swim! A question often asked of us is; can kids that have Autism Spectrum Disorder learn to swim? Kids with Autism can learn to swim successfully through proper supervision, a supportive atmosphere and swim instruction that are developmentally suitable for a child on the spectrum. Water safety is essential for all children, however when a child is autistic it makes water safety and swimming instruction even more of a priority. Noah, the 6 year old son of the founders of Aquatics Academy is on the Autistic Spectrum, and this in turn motivated them to create AUTISwiM®, specifically designed swimming lessons for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. All of our swim coaches that facilitate AUTISwiM® are supportive, enthusiastic, professional and patient, giving your child the best swimming experience.
Does Swimming help those with Autism?
Swimming provides both invaluable therapy and a social outlet for kids with autism. Swimming lessons for a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder will improve their coordination, speech, social interactions, and their cognitive processing skills. Swimming offers guaranteed success for an autistic child, which can often be more difficult to achieve in other team sports or group play.
The Benefits of Teaching Kids With Autism How to Swim
Drowning is the #1 cause of accidental death for kids with autism, especially under the age of 14. Most children with Autism spectrum disorder are drawn to the calming waters of a swimming pool. Understanding water safety, along with learning how to swim, can prevent accidental drowning and can assist in saving many lives.
Long Lasting Therapy
The calming, warm water of a swimming pool provides a supportive environment for kids with autism. It helps them to understand the exertion of their body and how it works when they are playing or moving. The pool organically has a comforting, fluid pressure that helps to relax kids during swim time. Any physical activity done in water helps relax muscles and decreases stressful impact on the body. Swimming lessons for a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder are essential in providing them with a soothing and comforting environment, while having a calming effect on their brain.
A Positive Social Outlet
Swimming lessons provide a great opportunity for an autistic child to be in a ‘playgroup’ environment, interacting on a level that is comfortable for them. This ‘no pressure’ type of social interaction improves their verbal language and group skills, which in turn will help them build their self-confidence.
Why Aquatics Academy?
Due to their own life experience, the founders of Aquatics Academy, Rebecca and Shaun, take great pride in their creation of AUTISwiM®. They have curated specific swimming lessons for a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder that is proved to be the best programming offered in Toronto. They understand better than anyone how swimming lessons catered to a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder can enhance his/her cognition and positively develop their social interactions with their peers. For more information on how Aquatics Academy can help your child learn to swim, call us today at 647.350.SWIM or visit https://www.aquaticsacademy.ca/program/red-cross-swimming-lessons-kids.