Autism and Swimming



KISO Swim School is excited to announce that we are sponsoring FAU’s Homecoming 5K Run for Autism on November 4th at Florida Atlantic University! An event that brought over 1,300 runners in 2017 and helps raise money for FAU’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities. This is a great evening for the whole family and it draws our attention to the importance of water safety for everyone, including those with autism. At KISO Swim School we teach everyone at their skill level through repetition and patience allowing students to fully understand how to swim and what to do in the case of an emergency pool. Teaching to The Student

When it comes to teaching anyone how to swim, it is important to assess their current skill level and to teach to it. At KISO Swim School, we offer free assessments for all new members to understand which level they will most succeed in. We also have various group levels for different skill sets and ages starting as young as 6 months old to adults. We start with water adaptation and safety for those who don’t know how to swim, then move to stroke technique and development.

Repetition Repetition is one of the easiest ways to ensure comprehension and understanding of stroke technique. Each 30 minute lesson starts off with a quick review of previous taught techniques so students continue to understand their importance and use them throughout each stroke. With the review, instructors are able to see where swimmers may have forgotten a technique and they can be reminded of the proper way of doing it. This allows instructors to better understand where the swimmer is at and can perfect their stroke.

When it comes to water adaption, repeating each safety exercise strengthens the child’s muscle memory and helps them be better equipped if they were to have an emergency in the pool. Teaching children how to float on their back in a starfish and monkey on the wall is not only important for them to take a break, but can be life saving. Knowing how to roll onto your back allows you to breathe and knowing that their is always a wall to swim to will allow them to get to safety. By repeating these in our water adaptation lessons, it becomes a second nature for children.

Patience

No matter the level, each student is taught with patience. Being comfortable in the water and with the instructor is important for all learning abilities. We understand that everyone learns differently and teach to both the auditory learner and the visual learner, giving students the opportunity to understand the names for every stroke and technique while seeing how to perform them. Through patience and repetition students fully grasp swimming and even understand how to explain to others how to swim. Not only that, but they become more comfortable in the pool. Many students with autism have difficulty adjusting to the pool and an instructor, but patience allows them to feel safe and give them time to learn.

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