posted Jun 24, 2009, 11:18 AM by Roger Sherrell   [ updated Jun 24, 2009, 12:12 PM ]
On May 5, 2009 we started our first "Swim to Safety" class.  Classes were held at First Christian Family Life Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the next 6 weeks.  We had a total of 7 children that attended during that time.  Each child was accompanied by either their parent or another adult during the lessons.  We worked on identifying the safety of the pool by checking for a lifeguard, pointing to the lifeguard, and asking if it was "safe" before getting in.  Once we were in the water, we worked on blowing bubbles with our mouths and then our noses.  From there , it was on to kicking with a kick board, and learning to float on our backs  by sticking our chests up and looking up at the sky.  We learned to "pull the water" back for our front stroke as well.  It was exciting to see any child start to reduce the number of floats on their belts as they grew more confident in their swimming.  Many thanks go to Olinda Branch at FCFLC for allowing us this pool time and also to Patti Murphy for volunteering to teach.  Thanks go to Tricia and Kevin for making our task board and handouts.   We also want to thank each parent that attended with their child and for allowing us this opportunity to work with them.  We are excited about doing more "Swim to Safety" classes in the future to reach even more children with Autism.