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13 Apr

The Importance of Adaptive Aquatics for Children on the Autism Spectrum

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All children can benefit from taking swim lessons. They are a great way to exercise and make friends, while also teaching kids potentially life-saving water skills. Swimming lessons for children on the autism spectrum can be even more beneficial to their overall well-being.

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Caroline, who was diagnosed with autism around age three, was going to occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy to help her adapt to everyday life. However, once she started school, finding the time to take her to three different therapies was difficult. Her mother, Jennifer, then decided to enroll her in the Texas Swim Academy Adaptive Aquatics program to ensure she would still get the stimulation she needed.

Swim Lessons for Children on the Autism Spectrum

Caroline has been taking swim lessons for almost a year now. Jennifer has observed these lessons as being greatly beneficial to her overall sense of independence and confidence—it’s a set of skills Caroline can see herself building on her own that she can be proud of. Unlike other swim programs they had tried, Texas Swim Academy has provided much more individualized swimming lessons for children on the autism spectrum in Katy, Cypress and Houston. The Adaptive Aquatics program instructors are specially trained to work with these children, so they focus on what Caroline feels comfortable doing rather than trying to mold her to traditional swim styles.

Texas Swim Academy instructors are trained to provide highly individualized swimming lessons for children on the autism spectrum. This includes not only basic swim instruction, but also creating a calm, reassuring atmosphere in which these students feel comfortable learning and growing. In turn, students develop necessary water skills and get physical stimulation they need while also building up their sense of independence. We believe that anyone of any ability can learn valuable water skills with just enough patience, compassion and consistency from our swimming lessons in Katy, Cypress and Houston.

 

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Texas Swim Academy is a state-of-the-art swimming facility offering water safety, survival swim, and kids swimming lessons in Katy, Texas. Owners Kathleen and Bruce McMordie, alongside our certified staff, help parents introduce children to water at an early age through the Infant Survival Swim Program , teaching life-saving techniques and basic swimming skills.

Our Stroke Development Program offers six different levels to help students progress in their swimming skills at his or her own pace. Our Adaptive Aquatics Program was created specifically for children with special abilities. Find swimming class registration information here . By subscribing to Texas Swim Academy’s blog , you can stay current on valuable water safety resources such as survival swim, health and wellness, Texas Swim Academy news and more. Follow our Facebook , Twitter, and YouTube pages for even more news, updates, and tips!