Autism-Friendly Swimming Classes In Qatar
Swimming is a fun and social activity that all kids enjoy, and it’s also one of the healthiest physical activities a child can engage in.
There are so many benefits for all children who take swimming lessons, but there are even more for children who have special needs.
Drowning is the leading cause of death for children & adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Additionally, children with ASD are 160 times more likely to die from drowning compared to a neurotypical child. Learning how to swim is a necessary skill for all children, but especially vital for children with special needs. Wandering, motor skills and sensory overload are just some of the things that can lead to an increased risk of children with special needs drowning. Beyond increasing their safety around water, swimming lessons can help your child with many other surprising benefits.
Here's the top 4 benefits of swimming for kids and learn why you should enroll them in a swim program today.
Relaxing Therapy And Fun
For many children, water is a soothing environment and has a calming effect thanks to the repetitive motions of water moving around them. During swimming lessons, they can learn at their own pace and have a dedicated teacher who is there to help them progress while having fun.
Swimming lessons can help children with special needs improve a range of different social behaviours including sharing equipment, cooperating, taking turns, making friends and keeping physical boundaries.
Improvement In Gross Motor Skills & Muscle Strength
It can be hard sometimes to get any child to exercise regularly. Swimming is a fun, low-impact exercise for children with special needs that helps them with coordination, functional strength, endurance and balance.
Learning a new skill like swimming and finding a hobby they really love can significantly boost your child’s confidence and self-esteem!
Read more here: Aqua Star Swim School
Here are a few places in Qatar offering Autism-Friendly swimming classes:
- Aqua-Tots Swim School Qatar
- Qatar Foundation Ability Friendly Program
- Happy Faces Swimming
- Plus Fitness Qatar
- Freestyle Aquatics at Aspire
- Raana Smith