Swimming is a phenomenal exercise. But besides promoting healthiness, it provides many emotional benefits to children with special needs. From building courage to friendships, swimming lessons are a fun and safe way to build fundamental life skills and experiences.
Water Safety for Special Needs
Tragically, drowning is the second leading cause of death for children with special needs. Teaching swimming skills early in life can increase water danger awareness and help to prevent accidents.
Without knowing how to stay afloat, a body of water can be a high-stress environment for anyone. Coincidentally, reducing anxieties and fears is important for increasing emotional stability and confidence. Overcoming them can create a great sense of accomplishment in children.
Physical Enablement in the Water
Through swimming, children with special needs can learn independence. Water’s buoyancy grants children with physical limitations a greater range of movement and flexibility. This can be a wonderful learning opportunity for children to explore their own capabilities.
Social Integration and Encouragement
Sometimes, children with special needs experience social shyness. By enrolling them in group swimming programs, they can interact with other children in a controlled environment. The instructor gives each student ample attention and consideration, plus he or she facilitates activities that promote friendship and encouragement.
Even in private lessons, interacting with the instructor can still teach valuable social skills. It can foster trust, which can be a powerful tool for helping children overcome their disabilities.