Learn 9 key tips for lifeguards when guarding swimmers with autism. Time will be left at the end for a live Q&A. This free information can (and should) be shared with any aquatic facilities. It is 45 mins long and can be used as a monthly in-service for all lifeguard, aquatics, and front desk staff.
L - Look and Listen
I - Identify
F - Fun or Frenzy
E - Expected/Unexpected
G - Give Time and Space
U - Understanding Body Movements and Behaviors
A - Ask (How can I help? What would work best? Do you want this or that? What works at home)
R - Risk Management
D - Don't Wait
Cindy and Ailene began working in Aquatic Therapy as an extension of their therapy businesses. They connected and a wonderful partnership was formed. Together they launched in the company Angelfish Therapy.
Filling a Need
After repeated request of numerous parents, the co- founders committed to developing a swim curriculum for all aquatic professionals. Striving to educate parents, caregivers, swim instructors, aquatic directors, swim school owners, on how to better work with children who have Autism, PDD-NOS and sensory processing issues.
Sensory Processing Disorders
Swim Whisperers® was designed to meet the needs of a growing population with these issues. According to a 2004 study, at least 1 in 20 children’s daily lives are affected by a Sensory Processing Disorder. The CDC released findings that raised estimates about the number of children in the U.S. with an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis to 1 in 65.
Arming Our Children
According to the Red Cross: “About 3,500 Americans drown each year, averaging ten deaths per day. More than one in five fatal drowning victims are children 14 and younger.” What’s more, drowning has been identified as a leading cause of accidental death for children and adults with Autism. These are the statistics that keep us up at night, and motivated us to offer our Swim Whisperers program to all aquatic professionals and the swim community at large.