So I love water. Beaches, swimming pools, lakes. You name it I like it. J is the same way. He loves water. He’ll walk straight in…and sink. Like a boulder. Cause let’s face it, he’s not a stone. Water safety has been an ongoing struggle with J. Finding an appropriate swimming class for him is near impossible. I did mommy and me in the first year but what he needs now is one on one with swim teacher who knows how to work with kids like J. I want him to learn how to be safe and enjoy water.
“In 2009, 2010, and 2011, accidental drowning accounted for 91% total U.S. deaths reported in children with an ASD ages 14 and younger subsequent to wandering/elopement” (national autism association).
It’s a very serious thing. A very real nightmare. That’s the first place J will go if he sees it. Water. Insurance does not cover water safety. It is not considered a therapy for autistic children. If I could afford a program like swim angelfish, I would absolutely sign him up. It would put him in the water with an OT or PT. This would be the best scenario. The program is fantastic, but at $60 a swim lesson for a half hour once a week is not financially doable. Not with 3 kids. I tried the adaptive program at a YMCA and was less than happy. I paid for the time slot to use the pool and teach my son myself. The instructor was nice but not well suited to the students he was teaching. Private lessons my be worth it if I could find a slot with someone who understood him at a decent price. But again that’s difficult.
I want J to continue to love water. I want him to be safe in water. I don’t need an Olympian, just for him to be able to swim to something to float on or the edge of something. This is all I ask. If you know of a program that’s this perfect, please let me know.