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February 2024

Provider of the Month

Yvonne

Yvonne Swim School, Singapore

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

Yvonne is the founder owner of YVONNE SWIM SCHOOL PTE LTD in Singapore.
Yvonne started her career as a physical education teacher in the mid-eighties specializing in swimming before switching to teaching swimming full-time.
She has more than 30 years of teaching experience and she is a renown swimming educator in this region.

She is an active International Course Trainer of Swimming Coaches and Teacher Australia, SCTA. She believes that one should be a lifelong learner. She constantly seeks to upgrade for personal development by attending numerous swimming conferences near and far.

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

Autism Swim gives us the information we need to better understand neurodiversity and to help us to provide better support and care.
The greatest benefits – the training help to recognize the different forms of Neurodiversity.

Tracking the developmental milestones, communicating with parents can make important contributions to the lives of children with autism and their families.

What sort of feedback have you received since putting the skills you learned into practice?

The pool lessons have helped the autistic children and adults to have a better adjustment to the water environment and the water therapy sessions have made them feel calm, trusting and water confidence.

Using the Autism Swim’s guidelines of providing the students with clear structure for each lesson, using technology and equipment such noise cancelling headphones when it’s noisy to help students concentrate, offering different learning materials in different ways, e.g. using visuals has made a HUGH impact!

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

It is deeply rewarding to get to see the world from a different perspective. With early identification, awareness, acceptance, and the appropriate supports, children with other abilities can reach their incredible potential.

You are providing care and support to someone who needs it most and helping them to become more independent and confident in their own abilities.

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

“SWIMMING Makes Me HAPPY!” and “P.U.S.H” – “Perserve Until Something Happens”.

Every day is an opportunity to do something different and make a difference.

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