Almost Wordless Wednesday…Dyspraxia in the Pool.

Swim lessons by an instructor started the last week of October.  Toots is in “adaptive” swim which is for children with disabilities.  Tootles gets a one-on-one certified swim instructor (plus his ABA tutor!) for a half hour twice a week at the public pool (which is indoors)!

First day – he learns not to inhale underwater.  He’s still coughing up a lot of water as they blow on his hand and try to get him to understand to hold his breath:

Feeling his tutor blow on his hand…

Blowing water bubbles with his instructor…

Then there is coordinating kicking and “scooping”.  It’s hard to remember to do just one and then you have to put them together!

And he is forced to use his core strength to lift himself out of the pool, only to be trusting enough to jump back into the instructor’s catch…

It’s a lot of work.  Even so, he does get moments to survey it all through those awesome goggles,

or without them,

and he loves his swim lessons!  He’s getting a form of occupational therapy, going to a new environment, making a new friend in his instructor, and learning.  You can’t beat that.

Happy Wednesday!

About solodialogue

I'm a lawyer and the mom of a 6 year old boy with autism. I work part time and spend the rest driving here and there and everywhere for my son's various therapies. Instead of trying cases, I now play Pac-man and watch SpongeBob. I wear old sweaters and jeans and always, always flat shoes to run after my son. Yeah, it's different but I wouldn't change it for anything. The love of my child is the most powerful, beautiful and rewarding aspect of my life.
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5 Responses to Almost Wordless Wednesday…Dyspraxia in the Pool.

  1. I’ve been thinking about adaptive swim lessons for Little Miss — we have a great place close by! Looks like T is having a great time — yay for both of you!

  2. Lisa says:

    I need to find some adaptive classes for Tate. He hasn’t done swim lessons since he took them with me when he was 3. Looks like T is loving them!!

  3. Denise says:

    So glad Tay is having a fun time, and you can enjoy watching!

  4. Yay, glad you gave them a try and it is working out for him. 🙂

  5. Erin says:

    This is great! He looks like he is having a wonderful time. 🙂

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