FB2-B: Swimming on the Spectrum: A Family Affair

The presentation will discuss stark water safety statistics for individuals with autism and give an in-depth description of the swim program.  The description will include a few case studies highlighting common challenges when teaching swim lessons.  It will also include methodologies and data which will lead into the parent training program developed through the PEPSA project.  The parent training portion helps families understand how to assist their child in the water and bridge the skills learned from the swim program at school to the homelife.  The presentation will discuss how the program was developed, what we did to make it successful, and the results of the program.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Participants will be able to identify the importance of water safety for children with autism and their families
  2. Participants will be able to identify how to incorporate best practices for children with autism into an aquatics program
  3. Participants will be able to identify how to work with families to address water safety across environments
Family Health & Wellness Research


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