Not everyone loves being in a pool, but for those kids who do, it can be a great addition to therapy they may be receiving.
Swimming is excellent for body awareness. In general, swimming provides great proprioception and vestibular input to the body. The pressure of the water can be very calming for children with ASD or sensory differences. It provides a blanket of ample pressure to the child’s largest organ – the skin.
When our kids are in the water we can move them better, and we can help them get stronger by working against the water. It’s good exercise that improves blood flow to the brain to enhance cognitive regulation.
Swimming also promotes effective breath control. It also improves focus and attention and decreases stress & anxiety.
Lastly, swimming is fun for kids. As long as they have no fears of the water, they enjoy the sessions and see it as a pleasure, not a task.
- Never allow children to swim alone without adult supervision
- At least one adult family member should know CPR
- Keep pool chemicals locked away
- You must get approval from your doctor before attempting any aquatic therapy.