special needs swim lessons
Finding a swimming instructor who understands the special needs of your child can be challenging. Look no further. We have highly qualified instructors who are veteran classroom teachers and Certified Education Specialists for Students with Mild to Severe Disabilities.
The startling facts are that drowning is silent, happens in 2 minutes, and 9 out of 10 drownings occur under the supervision of a caregiver. This makes water safety and swim lessons for children with special needs imperative. Luckily, swimming is often a preferred activity that many children enjoy. We have instructors who have experience working with students who have:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD
- Learning Disabilities
- Speech or Language Impairment
- Intellectual Disability
- Emotional Disturbance
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Other Health Impairments
- Multiple Disabilities
Besides preventing drowning, there are so many secondary research based benefits from special needs swim lessons:
- Social skills (with an increased ability to make generalizations)
- Less anxiety
- Improved mood and lessened depression
- Increased attention span and time on task
- Better problem solving skills
- Mobility, flexibility and strength
- Improved motor skills
- A lifelong way to stay fit and healthy! – lowering the risk for obesity and diabetes
Swimming is one of the most popular recreational activities in San Diego and across the United States. Without knowing how to swim your child is potentially missing out on a lot of opportunities to socialize and engage in fun ways to exercise. Not only that, it makes water dangerous.
For people with Autism, the stakes are even higher. Drowning is the #1 cause of unintentional death for people with Autism. The tendency to wander, fascination with water, sensory seeking behaviors and poor safety awareness make water a very dangerous environment. Our special needs swim lessons are adapted and modified to the needs of your child. We have picture cue cards, behavioral strategies and reward systems in place to ensure your child learns water safety and learns how to swim. We work with parents to teach them how to help keep their child safe, reinforce skills taught during lessons, and to best meet the needs of the individual. Call us today to find the right swimming instructor for your child!