Aquatic therapy has been shown to help a variety of special needs children.
Did you know a swimming pool is a great place to soothe a child with sensory issues? Often related to Autism, Asperger’s Syndrom, and other “spectrum disorders”, sensory issues cause a child to over or under react to stimuli in his immediate environment. While swimming, the warm water of a heated, indoor swimming pool surrounds the child with safety and support, making him feel comfortable. Because children with spectrum disorders often have issues communicating verbally, swimming lessons can be a great way to socialize them. Unlike other sports, swimming is a individual activity that relies heavily on visual cues and tangible rewards. With one-on-one instruction and quick progress, it can be the perfect program for a child with special abilities.
This short video from a Texas Swim Academy parent who has a special needs child show the amazing impact that one-on-one swim therapy can have in just a short amount of time.
Christine Duncan and her husband enrolled their daughter, Madison, in swim lessons at Texas Swim Academy and soon came to learn about her undiagnosed sensory integration disorder. As a result of her disorder, Madison has difficulties with motor skills and long-term planning, both of which are an important part of traditional swim lessons. Faced with these challenges, the instructors at Texas Swim Academy have responded with the utmost patience and compassion. Since her diagnosis, Madison has become increasingly more confident and open to trying new things, both in the water and in her daily life.
To hear Christine’s favorite part of her experience at Texas Swim Academy, tune-in to the short video below:
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.