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Special Needs / Therapeutic Swimming

Essential water safety knowledge is an integral part of any swimming programmeme and is the initial focus of learning to swim. Students are taught to recognise and assess potential aquatic dangers and to develop a realistic understanding of their swimming ability. As children’s confidence, competence and endurance develop, their enjoyment of water will increase.

Children learn through play and skills like water familiarisation, buoyancy and general mobility is made active and fun. Progression to developing of swimming strokes and other water skills is made and opens up a basis to recreational swimming and other aquatic activities.

Equipment like kickboards, swimming rings, balls, toys and water mats are used to teach progressive activities and give support to flotation where necessary.

As far as the therapy side of this service is concerned, knowledge of normal and abnormal movement paterns are used as well as neurodevelopmental therapy skills to promote development and normalise movement in chilren with abnormalities are incorporated.

Special needs of children include: Autism, Asperger’s, Sensory Processing Disorders, Intellectual disabilities, Learning disabilities, Developmental delays, ADD and ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Downs Syndrome, Children with low muscle tone

A few benefits of a structured swimming programmeme combining physiotherapy knowledge:

  • Increased muscle tone
  • Increased muscle strength and coordination
  • Improved motor planning
  • Improved focus
  • Increase in independence
  • Increase in confidence and self-esteem
  • Improved social and communication skills

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