Water safety training for people with autism is essential to prevent accidents. The best way to prevent drowning from occurring is to make sure that every child is provided with swimming lessons. It’s a fact that autism and water obsession go hand in hand. Meaning that those who are autistic are drawn and mesmerized by large bodies of water like swimming pools and even bathtubs. It’s important to teach a kid with autism to always be safe around the water and what to do when they’re in the water to avoid drowning.
Be Safe Around the Water Tip #1: Water Safety Training is Necessary
With autistic children who will always be drawn to the water no matter what, it is so important to train them. In a case where an autistic child is left unsupervised and decides to enter the water, in order to prevent drowning, the child must know how to stay afloat. There are many cases of children entering the water and screaming and crying due to the fright associated with it. When confronted with that situation it’s important to comfort the children, massage their head, console them and tell them they will be okay. Allow them to float on their back until they stop screaming and hold them close to your body.
Be Safe Around the Water Tip #2: Inform them of Water Dangers
Autistic children are so mesmerized by the water however, are not aware of the large danger associated with the water. Even an experienced swimmer can be at risk of drowning. Constantly reminding autistic children of water dangers is important to try to keep them away from water when an adult is not present. However, when informing them of the water dangers, it is important to not let your fear as a parent to prevent you from getting your child in the water. When an autistic child is feeling anxious they have an even more difficult time comprehending what others are trying to communicate to them. That’s why it’s important to inform them of the dangers before they enter the water.
Be Safe Around the Water Tip #3: Private Swimming Lessons
One-on-one swimming lessons is the most important component to water safety training. This will ensure the proper supervision, attention and even care that your child requires. It is even more difficult for an autistic child to learn in a group setting, especially if they sense a lack of attention. It’s difficult for an instructor in a group setting to comfort a child whilst still teaching other kids to swim at the same time. Having the swimming lessons take place at the child’s own pool, at home, when their family is present is guaranteed to make the student much more comfortable.
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