What Every Parent Oughta Know About Special Needs Swim Lessons
Imagine that your child had the opportunity to join the most requested special needs swim program on the planet and to experience first hand the
private swim lessons
that have turned 3, 247 kids & counting into swimming machines.
Think what it would be like if your child was among the select chosen few who had access to the top swimming coaches for kids with special needs in the country
In a few moments you will get that chance.
By now you already know that
✪ Roughly 1/2, or 48%, of children with an ASD attempt to elope from a safe environment, a rate nearly 4x higher than their unaffected siblings
✪Between 2009-2011, accidental drowning accounted for 91% total U.S. deaths reported in children with an ASD ages 14 and younger subsequent to wandering / elopement.
✪ Private swim lessons at Sensory Swim reduce the chance of your child drowning by more than 88%
As parents you want the best for your child and you should never accept anything less.
But sadly most have and it's not their fault.
The Ugly Truth About Special Needs Swim Programs
Hey it's Andrew & Mary of Sensory Swim and today we are sharing with you in depth what we know first hand about special needs swim programs
Below is a picture of us so you can put a name to a face.
Andrew, Eshan & Mary
Warning this will shock you
In 2006 after traveling the country checking out special needs swim programs we noticed one thing in common about all of them.
They had no intention to actually teach their students how to swim.
We sat down and talked at length with instructors and swim school owners from around the country and the overwhelming majority of them said two things over and over again.
#1 Kids with autism and other special needs can't be taught how to swim.
#2 We don't know how to teach these kids how to swim
Needless to say we were disgusted.
How are special needs children suppose to learn how to swim when their instructors don't give them a fighting chance.
And why are these swim schools even offering special needs swim lessons if they believe that these kids can't learn how to swim, and they don't know how to teach them.
So out of necessity Sensory Swim was born.
A Special Needs Swim Program That Nobody Wanted...
The second trip around the country we traveled to the same swim schools that offered these so called "swim lessons for special needs children" and chatted with them about having us come in and actually teach these kids how to swim and they laughed at us.
The idea of two special educators coming in and teaching a special needs student how to swim within six months was something thousands of swim schools aughed at.
And we don't mean talk about us behind our back, they laughed at us in front of our faces.
But you know what they say
"First They Laugh At You, Then They Copy You."
Showing Up Is Half The Battle
Our first year was at a local YMCA and they got to see with their own eyes what two dedicated caring special educators actually could do.
And like the faceless corporation they are they offered us a huge buyout and when we gently declined they rudely kicked us out.
We were without a pool and we just turned down several million dollars.
Talk about a swift kick in the a$$
Since then they have started a number of Sensory Swim programs with little to no success, all while infringing on our trademark.
But everybody knows that people invest in people, well not everybody the Y is still lacking in that area
And while our team of lawyers keep hounding us to go after them here's why we won't.
Their copy cat programs remind us that
"First They Laugh At You, Then They Copy You"
Sensory Swim : Underdogs, Misfits, And The Art Of Battling Giants
If you just found Sensory Swim, let us bring you up to speed.
After the Ymca hit the eject button we landed in a smaller pool at a physical therapy center.
After several months they too tried to buy our program for a few million dollars less and we declined again.
Eject button #2 initiated.
If you get knocked down you stay down or you can conquer the world and that's the option we chose.
The two of us were underdogs, misfits without a pool to call home but we knew the art of battling giants.
After all Sensory Swim has always been the place where impossible odds set the stage for amazing miracles.
In 2011 we finally found our home when word of mouth about Sensory Swim reached The KIDS FIRST® Swim Schools- America's largest provider of year round warm water swimming instruction, operating 24 locations across 5 states, teaching over 100,000 students annually.
Since then we've been turning kids with special needs into swimming machines while having the time our lives in the same school their siblings are learning to swim
And after all this time your kid will be laughing & we will be laughing because we found out that some truths never change.
"First They Laugh At You , Then They Copy You"
And that has been Sensory Swim's secret sauce since day one.
When we started this journey so many years ago those swim schools were under the impression that we wanted to be like them.
When in fact we started this whole journey after reading the following quote by G.K. Chesterton
""I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite."