Autism Treatment – This Program Teaches Children with Autism how to Swim
Swimming lessons are a valuable and important key in keeping all kids safe from drowning; however it’s especially vital for children with autism to learn how to swim. A recent study on the mortality rates of kids with autism found that they are a whopping 160 times more likely to drown than neurotypical children. This highlights the need for more education and a better understanding to tackle the problem before it becomes serious.
A successful swimming program for children with disabilities is one run by Autism Swim (AS) who are a National Water Safety and Swimming Specialists for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Children with Autism
Autism Swim (AS) is a multi-disciplinary national organisation offering highly specific training, support, consultancy and resources to swim centre’s, swim instructors, NFP organisations, water-based organisations, schools and families that have, or wish to provide for, students with ASD and/or cognitive deficits.
Life Saving Autism Treatment
Accidental drowning accounted for approximately 90% of total U.S deaths reported in children with autism under 14 years of age, between 2009-2011. This translates to children with autism being 160 times more likely to die from drowning compared to other children. The statistics are from the USA as Australia does not seem to notice the problem and statistics have not been collected as yet.
AS have a multi-disciplinary team on hand, including Autism Specialists, Behaviour Specialists, Occupational Therapists, Exercise Specialists and Swim Instructors.
This is a relatively new organization and one that needs your attention. Check it out on the web.