05 Aug Swimming is Essential for kids with ASD
Swimming is an essential life skill for kids on the autism spectrum. Children with autism are at an extremely high risk of drowning compared to other kids. Studies have shown that kids with an autism spectrum disorder are 160 times more likely to die from drowning compared with the general pediatric population. With our help, it can be prevented.
In 2020, the CDC reported that approximately 1 in 54 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to 2016 data. That doesn’t account for the large number of children with anxiety, physical, sensory, communication or behavior challenges that we work with each day. Since starting my business six years ago, the number of special needs kids and adults I serve has grown tremendously.
Dr. Guohua Li, a professor of epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in New York City states that “swimming ability for kids with autism is an imperative survival skill. Children diagnosed with autism — usually between 2 and 3 years of age — need swimming lessons as soon as possible, even before they start any behavioral therapy, speech therapy or occupational therapy.”
Very often, kids with auditory sensitivities find that being immersed in water mutes sounds and provides a break. The temperature and consistent pressure of the water against the skin can also serve as a source of constant, easily discernible, and calming sensation that is extremely comforting to the nervous system.
Aside from the water safety component, swimming is a lifelong fitness and wellness benefits for kids with special needs. Aside from the physical benefits, swimming is a great way to build self-confidence and inclusion for everyone.
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