This installment in our summer series will offer tips for swimming at the neighborhood pool. This can be a fun activity for most kids as the water is a good way to “Cool Off” from the high temperatures. Hopefully the tips below will offer some assistance to make the trip to the pool an enjoyable activity for everyone!
- Before entering the water, review the Rules of being safe in and around the water (e.g., Do not go into the water without an adult; No running around the pool area; No fighting or horse-play in or near the water.)
- The water acts as a sensory activity for anyone deciding to play or swim in the pool or ocean. It can help someone on the spectrum as it may act as a calming activity for him/her.
- Having music playing nearby can help as it acts as another sensory activity to help maintain calm while in the water.
- Have water toys on hand to add to the enjoyment.
- Be aware of the water temperature…too cold or too hot can have a negative impact for someone on the spectrum.
- Have goggles handy in case the chlorine is too strong.
- Bring water to drink and plenty of sunscreen!!!
- Most importantly…ALWAYS remain nearby when your child is in the water…even if it’s shallow water.