Autism Swim (AS) are national Water Safety and Swimming Specialists in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
The team at AS is led by Autism and Behaviour Specialist Erika Gleeson (G.C Autism, B.A Behavioural Science). Erika has extensive national and international experience in Autism, behaviour support and skill development. She is also an accredited Swimming Instructor.
Autism Swim is a multi-disciplinary organisation, combining the expertise of Autism Specialists, Behaviour Specialists, Occupational Therapists and Swimming Teachers to achieve the best possible outcomes for the individuals whom they support.
The highly focused, energetic and experienced team at AS work with the participants to identify individual goals and operationalise these in a supportive and trusting framework.
Who do we work with?
- Swim Centres and Instructors
- Schools (both specialised and mainstream)
- Surf Life Saving Clubs
- Government bodies
How do we teach?
We focus on four key areas:
1. Water Safety/Drowning Prevention
2. Water Therapy
3. Swimming Skill-Sets; and
4. Generalising these skills to different bodies of waters (beach, lakes etc)
Many of the programs are based on Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). The only interventions that have been shown to produce comprehensive, lasting results in autism have been based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA).
We combine elements of instructional control, discrete trial teaching, visual imagery, reinforcement programs, shaping programs and stimulus control programs to reach the desired outcomes. Lessons are tailored to the individual in accordance with their identified needs and goals. We make it our obligation for all of our lessons to not only be instructional but to also be fun for our participants.