The YMCA in Ragsdale, North Carolina has become one of the first centers in their community to offer an adaptive swim program for children with autism. The program provides water safety instruction as well as beginner swimming lessons. The program is for children between the ages of 3 and 15 and features a one-on-one teaching style. Ensuring that each child gets the undivided attention they need in order to thrive. The full program consists of 6 lessons, which cost a total of 15 dollars.

According to The Health Voyager Journal, aquatic programs can be extremely beneficial for individuals on the spectrum. As they provide various benefits such as advancement of balance, sensory integration, gross motor skills, and encouragement of social interactions.

Many parents who have children enrolled in the program feel a sense of comfort. Knowing that their children has the ability to swim in the event of an emergency. According to the National Association of County Behavioral Health & Developmental Disability Directors (NACBHDD), Nikki Johnson, mother of a 9 year old boy enrolled in the program, stated that she “wanted to know that if he found himself in a pool that he would have some hope of getting out”.  

As summer approaches, this is a great time to get your child enrolled in swim programs that may be happening in your area.

Register for their adaptive swim program here.

Dominique Powell and her son during the parent/child portion of the swimming lessons.

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