How Swimming Can Help Reach Autistic Children

In recent years, swimming has been included in comprehensive and structured plans for the treatment of autistic children. Swimming has proven to be an excellent treatment for autistic children in all areas of the spectrum because it is such a gentle and non-invasive form of therapy. In addition to this, it teaches autistic children how to swim, how to be safe around water and how to be comfortable in the water.

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Increasing Mental and Physical Health

An increase in physical health is an excellent way to improve cognitive function and stimulate mental growth. Many autistic children are not engaged in physical activities, which can lead to exercise time being a challenge. Swimming is one of the best exercises for both strength and cardiovascular health, and when properly engaged an autistic child can improve their health on both fronts.  Swim lessons with autistic children can include both mental and physical stimulation as part of a truly comprehensive regimen.

Relaxing and Calming the Child

Many autistic children and adults find swimming extremely calming. The pressure that water offers over the body soothes them. Parents that have autistic children may find that taking a swim class with them can be calming and therapeutic on an emotional level.

Promoting Physical Safety

Autistic children are more likely to wander than other children and are often drawn to water due to its unique benefits to them. Without the proper education and safety, an autistic child has a greater than average chance of potentially drowning. With this in mind, it’s very important for both autistic children and parents of autistic children to learn more about water safety and the way autistic individuals relate to water.

There are many benefits to swimming lessons for autistic children, but it’s equally as important that the swim lessons be directed by an experienced professional. Autistic children have different ways of learning and engaging with the world, and different safety measures need to be employed to keep them attentive and safe.

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Kathleen McMordie is an Infant Aquatic Survival Master Instructor and water safety specialist located in Katy, Texas. Show owns a full-service aquatic facility, called Texas Swim Academy. Through a variety of programs, Kathleen and her staff of instructors at Texas Swim Academy strive to introduce children to water at an early age through INFANT AQUATICS, and to fully develop their swim stroke abilities through adulthood through STROKE DEVELOPMENT.

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How Swimming Helps Build a Child’s Confidence

Boost your child’s confidence with a kids swim program!

Children today seem to have it more difficult than prior generations. With online bullying and countless academic and social pressures, many children find themselves feeling frustrated, isolated and alone. Studies have shown that children with confidence and self-esteem are far less likely to succumb to peer pressure and to be affected by bullying. Physical activities and skill-building activities, such as swimming, can be instrumental in developing this type of confidence.

Children Learn to Be Proud of Themselves

Swimming gives children a skill that they can be proud in. Appropriately taught swim lessons show children that they don’t need to compare themselves with others. Children all progress at their own rate, and children need to strive towards improvement rather than being better than anyone else. This is a message that can easily be lost in many academic settings, especially those with standardized testing.

Children Learn to Get Along With Others

Swimming lessons can be an extraordinarily social activity that children can take part in from infancy. This allows children to work on their social skills in a unique environment from a very young age. Children in swimming classes don’t need to feel any particular pressure to interact with their peers, but can still interact as they desire. This can be invaluable social practice and can even result in friendships that will last your child’s lifetime.

Children Have an Extracurricular Activity

Children that decide to stay in their swimming lessons and even become competitive in it will have an extracurricular activity that gives them an identity not shared by their peers. With this unique identity, a child can grow into their own person rather than trying to follow what others are doing.

Swimming and other physical activities don’t just give children confidence, they also offer them an outlet and escape for anything that is bothering them at the time. Active children will have less time to dwell on anything that could be causing them emotional harm. At the same time, of course, parents need to listen to their children and look for any signs that their child could be in trouble. These signs can be very subtle and easy to miss.

Kathleen McMordie is an Infant Aquatic Survival Master Instructor and water safety specialist located in Katy, Texas. Show owns a full-service aquatic facility, called Texas Swim Academy. Through a variety of programs, Kathleen and her staff of instructors at Texas Swim Academy strive to introduce children to water at an early age through INFANT AQUATICS, and to fully develop their swim stroke abilities through adulthood through STROKE DEVELOPMENT.