October is Down Syndrome awareness month and a perfect time to discover new tips for continued swim success. Swimmers of all types benefit from the pool, but individuals with Down Syndrome often find the pool to be a special place of inclusion, fitness, and social experiences. In this blog, we discuss some general characteristics of Down Syndrome and how they pertain to the water and then take a deep dive into two types of sensory profiles.
Imagine moving in an environment where gravity is virtually eliminated. There are many magical properties of the water that allow physically impaired swimmers to literally BREAK FREE.
Is it possible to learn to swim after a traumatic water experience? Merely driving by a body of water may make you feel uneasy; entering the water again can be challenging, scary, even feel impossible. Stories from parents aligned with Families United to Prevent Drowning or NDPA are tragic, unexpected accidents and successful saves that [...]
TIPS FOR USING A VISUAL SCHEDULE • Use these PECS photos to create a swim lesson plan that gives visual support for some or all of a session. Eventually you will want to decrease visual supports when possible. • Allow options for activities that support the techniques and strategies for [...]
Swim Angelfish Live - Equipment Webinar Are you wondering what equipment we use? Need some new techniques for your existing equipment to use with your special needs swimmers? Look no further. Free Training Webinar Watch the July 2017 Newsletter: Using Visual Schedule To Decrease Anxiety. For more information, tips and tricks, follow [...]
Swim Angelfish is devoted to helping children of all abilities learn how to swim faster and with less discomfort than traditional swim methods since 2000. But don't just take our word for it. See what our certification users have to say about our program! "After having been in the industry for over a decade [...]
Swim Angelfish is devoted to helping children of all abilities learn how to swim. The company, originally founded as an Aquatic Therapy service, has grown to include Swim Lessons, Camps and Training as a direct result of the need to help all children become confident and safe in the water. But don't just take our [...]
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Familiarize Your Child With Common Rescue Equipment Drowning is the leading cause of death for children with Autism. Unfortunately, part of the reason for an unsuccessful save for a child with autism comes from one of the roadblocks that we've identified in our training program: "I CAN'T TOUCH THAT". This roadblock can [...]
Swim Angelfish swimming lessons go far beyond getting children with special needs comfortable in the water. While learning to swim and interact with water is the evident part of swimming lessons, the benefits of swimming for special needs children transcend the pool. Below are some of the many ways swimming has a positive impact on [...]