(0:55) – Allow swimmer to get in the pool offering an option for asking or pointing to enter and to see if they were alone what they would be doing. Look to see if they are finding their feet, have a complete disregard for safety or if they’re looking to “take side”.
(2:05) – The swim instructor identifies the following roadblocks in today’s lesson : How do I control my body, Safety, Ritual and Routine, Engagement and Interaction.
(2:36, 5:20) – We don’t want swimmers to spin repetitively. Try and re-direct the spinning into a strategy or a swim skill and avoid saying “NO SPINNING”. In this case the instructor used the tipping of the head back to move the lesson into back float.
(4:07) – Notice that it is a lead and follow type of lesson. The swimmer has limited interest in a visual schedule or PECS pictures therefore, you hear the instructor moving onto swim benchmarks of rolling over, back float and propelling himself on his back.
(4:28) – The ritual and routine of doing things 2-3 times in a row is done on purpose to help the swimmer remember and gain interest into this habit of floating and taking side.
(5:48) – The instructor touches on Safety by encouraging the swimmer to grab the equipment. This is very important when addressing the roadblock of “I Can’t Touch That”. The intent is to improve the chance of a successful save were the child to be tossed a life preserver or lifeguard tube.
(8:50) – Including mom in the lesson for increased engagement and interaction offers the novelty of a new motivation. Watch carefully at the amount of time it takes James to process saying hi to mom. If you look closely he begins to wave about 15 seconds later by moving his hand, waving in the air.
(10:06) – Moving the lesson to work in prone (on his belly) requires more strength and is not a position of choice for him. Using mom as a motivator, adding flippers and using physical assistance to perform three consecutive laps that include modified swimming in prone was purposefully done so that James did not get upset with the demands