Infant Aquatics Isn’t Just for Babies: Your Child Can Also Learn Water Safety and Survival Techniques

Infant Aquatics Isn’t Just for Babies: Your Child Can Learn Water Safety and Survival Techniques  | Kathleen McMordie Infant Aquatic Survival Specialist Katy TexasDespite its name, the Infant Aquatics Survival program at Texas Swim Academy isn’t just for babies! The program equips young children as well with the essential skills he or she needs to feel safe, comfortable, and confident in the water.

Texas Swim Academy strives to not only teach students how to swim but essential water safety skills and survival techniques. Students as young as six months old can turn to face the water and roll-back-to-float when they need to breathe, which is a crucial skill to learn in the event of an accidental plunge in the water. A high priority for us is making sure every child learns these necessary skills of survival. While it is recommended for parents to enroll their children in swim lessons as early as possible, we welcome young children to enroll in this fundamental program as well.

As an Infant Aquatic Survival specialist, I believe in not only teaching students how swim, but also teaching them water safety and survival skills that they can use for a lifetime. If you have any questions, please contact me directly or stop by our facility.

Tune into the video below to learn more about the Infant Aquatic Survival program at Texas Swim Academy:

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Why Should Parents Enroll Their Child in an Infant Aquatics Program?

Infant Aquatics is a program based in child development and classical conditioning. Children are able to learn essential survival skills that are needed to allow your child to save his or her own life in case of an emergency. Children as young as six months old can learn the roll-to-float method, where children are taught to hold their breath underwater, kick in the water, turn over, and float on their back until help arrives, regardless of water depth or amount of time. More than just a program that creates a safe environment for your child to feel comfortable in the water, it has the ability to teach your child to swim and survive.


Take a look at the video below to learn more about the Infant Aquatics program offered at Texas Swim Academy:


 

Water Therapy for Children with Sensory Issues

Soothing a child with sensory issues can be difficult. Although Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is a condition that is common in children on the autism spectrum, but affects many children who are not. SPD affects the way a child processes messages sent from the brain to any of the five main senses – sight, touch, hearing, taste, and smell. In a normal situation, when a child is tapped on the shoulder, his nervous system informs him that he received a light touch. When a child with SPD is tapped on the shoulder, he misinterprets the touch as a hard hit. Or, the touch is completely lost, leaving him unaware of it happening at all. Most children with SPD have a combination of both under and over sensitivity to stimuli.

Water can act as a form or relief for a child’s constant sensory stimulation. Not only are swimming lessons beneficial for learning essential water safety skills, students with sensory processing disorder get a two-fold benefit. Through water therapy, children can enjoy themselves, be soothed by their surroundings, and most importantly, overcome everyday fears. Students with SPD may have symptoms, when they are around water, to feel extremely anxious, hyper, careless, not being aware of the danger of drowning. Swimming lessons can not only teach SPD students to heighten their alertness around bodies of water, but overcome everyday tasks such as showering, taking a bath, getting their face wet, or daily hygiene. By overcoming their biggest obstacle, exposure to water, water therapy gives children with SPD greater opportunities to focus and work on other areas such as speech, motor skills, etc. Tune into the video below to learn about water therapy for children with sensory issues at Texas Swim Academy: