Participation in formal swim lessons has been associated with an 88% reduction in the risk of drowning in young children.
(Brenner et al. 2009)
Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are 160 times more likely to drown than their neurotypical peers*. This often happens after they wander or abscond, which we know 50% of individuals with ASD do**.
An array of barriers often exist in terms of individuals with ASD being able to participate successfully in aquatic programs, and make gains in the water. Our team of ASD specialists have developed a sound understanding of these challenges, and as a result have designed the training and resources needed to create more inclusive and successful outcomes for all.
On top of the statistics and challenges that exist, we know that so many of our swimmers rely on water for the therapeutic benefits it provides. An incredible amount of literature exists which supports the relationship between swimming and ASD, and this link outlines some of the many benefits.
Safety – Participation & Inclusion – Confidence – Improved Learning – Therapeutic Benefits
*American Journal of Public Health.
**National Autism Association.