April 2024

Provider of the Month

Anna Hull

United Kingdom

Tell us a bit about you and your background...

Originally, I was a self employed property manager but set off on my journey working with children by setting up a company called baby club. I ran sensory, baby yoga, baby massage and messy play classes.

However, due to the aftermath of covid, people just weren’t seeing these types of classes as a necessity and therefore decided to become a swimming instructor. Initially, for adult and child lessons, which then led me into teaching older children.

Why did you choose to become Autism Swim Approved and what are the greatest benefits you've found since doing so?

As I currently teach mainstream lessons, I quickly realised that there are more and more children needing further support and are being recognised as on the autism spectrum much younger than what we are used to. I wanted to understand this further and offer as much support as possible. I want to be able to offer lessons that are inclusive for all.

I have found that since becoming Autism Swim approved I have had many wins and I see a vast improvement within my lessons in all of the children as the skills I have learned are beneficial to all.

What advice can you give to other aquatic providers looking to become more inclusive?

DO IT! It is so worth it.

I have so much more job satisfaction and feel that I can support and relate to the children on a much deeper level.

We are unstoppable.

Do you have a favourite inclusion quote or analogy?

"Inclusion is not bringing people into what already exists, it is making a new space, a better space for everyone." - Rachel Olivero

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