Children with Autism are extremely drawn to water. Parents of children with Autism do all they can to keep their children safe. Unfortunately, children have the ability to figure a way around almost every safeguard, and it only takes a few seconds for a child to disappear. Once they are on their own, they follow whatever catches their interest, which usually leads them to water and danger. Drowning is the leading cause of death among children in the autism spectrum. Drowning accounted for 91% of the deaths reported for children with autism 14 and younger due to to wandering last year.
Water also has huge benefits for children with special needs. The benefits to teaching special needs children swimming range from gross motor to cognitive skills, to muscle strength and endurance and improvement in overall communication skills. Swimming fosters courage, confidence, trust and helps to develop friendships. It’s great for socialization and relaxation.
Today’s Highlight: The Weston YMCA Family center provided swim lessons, water safety education and fun activies for children and teens with special needs. Today was a full safety day that included the Weston Fire Department, boating safety, pool rules, swim lessons etc. The smiles on their faces were incredible.