Being able to combine my love of teaching swimming and aquatic safety along with my passion for assisting people with ASD and other abilities to achieve their full potential is such an exciting prospect.
My name is Kelli Smith, I have recently returned to swimming teaching after a period of 18 years. During this time, I completed my university studies and worked in the Disability Sector as a direct support work, coordinator and manager; the area I was primarily focused on was Supported Independent Living, which essentially involves whole of life support.
Throughout this time, I worked of work extensively in Behaviour Support, Communication Solutions, Integration into society; with various people in the health field to better assist and assess people’s needs, Inclusion, Sensory Processing difficulties and solutions, and advocating for individuals with different abilities.
Autism Spectrum Disorder is an area of interest and passion of mine; having both personal and professional experience in the field over many years.
I have been a competitive Swimmer, Water polo player and Surf Lifesaver; competing at state and national levels. I am still an active Surf Lifesaver and patrolling member of Mermaid Beach Surf Lifesaving Club.
I returned to my first love of swimming teaching and aquatic safety when a long-term friend and mentor Chris Dellit opened a branch of her swim schools Little Snappers, with her son and daughter in law, very close to me in October 2018. I had previously worked for and with Chris on the Gold Coast over 20 years ago and was thrilled to be working with her program and style of teaching. I believe that this program will benefit individuals on the Autism Spectrum as it has a very Person-Centred focus and has the flexibility to be adapted to all needs.
I am a very ‘think outside the box’ type of person and am willing to try most things (within safety parameters) to aid and assist people to develop a love and respect of the water.
47 Adler Circuit
Yarrabilba QLD Australia