Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Water Safety

Thursday, October 17 2019

It’s that time of year again where swimming becomes a focus for all children. Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder are no different, however, their lessons may need to be tailored for individual learning styles.

Child preparing for a swimming lesson

Australians want to keep their children safe especially near water. This is particularly so for kids with autism, who are 160 times more likely to drown than neurotypical children.

Here is a good article from Autism Awareness Australia with more information about keeping your child safe around water: ‘Drowning and ASD’.

In L4Life early intervention, there is a focus on teaching communication skills, how to follow instructions and some basic community safety; all a good prelude to successful swimming lessons.

Finding a swimming instructor who specialises in teaching children with autism and those with learning differences can be important too.

Autism Swim is an international, social enterprise of experts specialising, among other areas, in drowning prevention for children with ASD.

You may already have contact with a swim school that has been successful for catering to individual differences. A very good measure of success is that communication lines are open between family and swim school.

If you are a client of L4Life, talk to your program supervisor for support in articulating your child’s needs.