Everyone touts the safety reasons why swim classes for kids are such a great idea but now researchers are proving that there are even more benefits, including one you might not guess off the bat.
As you may recall from a January blog post, early water lessons for kids have been proven to help them learn and perform better at school. The brains over at Griffith University Institute for Educational Research looked at 200 kids age 3-5 – most of the group early swimmers and the rest not – and actually followed their progress for two years, using testing and interviews to get a handle of how they were doing in their cognitive development and performance in pre-school and school. They found out the swim class kids were developing faster and doing better than the others.
In addition to this academic evidence of the benefits of swimming lessons for kids, many parents credit these programs for helping their children in other ways. From increased confidence and participation in other group activities to a healthy respect and appreciation for the water, kids swim programs can help develop essential social skills in a fun, non-traditional way.
Often times, special needs children respond to water therapy and swimming lessons in an even greater way that other kids their age. By providing a safe, zero-gravity environment to learn and explore motor skills, the swimming pool offers a unique opportunity to develop verbal communication.
So if you’re going over in your mind the decision to begin parent child swim lessons, or infant water survival skills, or even casual outdoor water play for toddlers, know that by getting your child into the water early you are giving them a gift that pays off for years to come. Early swim is a difference maker – we can help your kids learn to swim, and help your kids just learn.
Kathleen McMordie is an Infant Aquatic Survival Lead 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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