Tips and Tricks

Swimming with Down Syndrome: Sensory Input for a Splashing Success

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.

2021-01-12T17:18:20-05:00January 4th, 2021|Categories: Tips and Tricks|

How to Overcome a Traumatic Water Experience

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 [...]

2020-08-07T11:17:03-04:00August 7th, 2020|Categories: Tips and Tricks|

Make a Waterproof Visual Schedule

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 [...]

2020-07-16T22:13:47-04:00December 26th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Tips and Tricks|Tags: , , , |

Familiarize with Rescue Equipment

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 [...]

2019-09-05T12:52:58-04:00June 8th, 2017|Categories: Tips and Tricks|

Tips and Tricks: Your Child’s First Lesson

As a parent, there are a few things you can do to ease your swimmer into their first lesson successfully.  Throughout our 20 years of experience, we’ve found that the best way to a successful lesson is to ensure that parents feel confident, comfortable and excited about their child’s lesson with their new instructor. Your [...]