Private Swim Lessons For Autistic Children As Seen On

 
Mom & Dad, 
 
You know how important it is for your child to learn how to swim, but
you also have seen how hard it is to find swim lessons that are the
perfect fit.

With that in mind we designed Sensory Swim®
  from start to finish to direct, motivate & shape your child into a swimming machine.

For almost a decade we have traveled the country non stop to teach
3,247 kids & counting how to swim with the help of our
  • extremely enjoyable
  • exceedingly effective
  • perfectly fitted
  • private swimming lessons 
for kids on the autism spectrum.

When you join the Sensory Swim® family, you join a 
supportive environment where

  • perpetual progress is standard,
  • directions are clear
and motivation never ends.


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Here's to turning your child into a swimming machine.

Capture Us With Grace,
Mary & Andrew


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Within A Few Months They Can Both Fully Swim And Christian Is Even Starting To Do The Backstroke!

"Just a huge shout out to
Sensory Swim®
 and what
phenomenal job they
have done with our 2
boys. 
 

Meet Christian



We had been trying unsuccessfully
to get them to swim for over 2 yrs
and within a few months they can
both fully swim and Christian is
even starting to do the 
backstroke!

 

Meet Brandon

Thanks Guys!!"

Stephen & Maribel - Vienna, Virginia

Swimming Is Now Kyle's Favorite Sport!

"I’m dropping you a quick line to
let you know that Kyle has had a 
change of heart.

Every year for the past three or four 
years Kyle has been required to fill
out a multiple choice questionnaire
and write a brief narrative at school 
about his favorite sport.

For the past several years his
choice has been the same –
basketball.

 

Andrew, Mary & Kyle


Well this time around when filling
out the questionnaire, he made it 
very clear that his previous
selections are no longer 
valid and swimming is 
now his new favorite
sport!

Kyle truly loves his Friday sessions
and looks forward to laps in the
pool with his favorite instructor
– Andrew!

Thanks for all you do. "

June - Fort Howard, Maryland

We Were Heading To Mexico But Eshan Didn't Know How To Swim

"My son has been going to Andrew
for about a year and 
a half.

He's on the spectrum and as most kids
go, he loves the water!

I was terrified hearing stories of
kids drowning especially since
we were going on a trip to
Mexico and it was pools,
oceans galore.

He joined Sensory Swim®
a few
months prior to the trip with the 
goal of water safety.

I have to say my trip to Mexico and
any other pool visits since then have 
been a pleasure.

 

Andrew, Eshan & Mary



He is completely at ease with all
the abilities of floating, swimming
to the edge etc that constitute
water safety.

My younger one had water anxiety
even though he is typical.

The anxiety was very vivid and 
restrictive in that he was very 
afraid of the water and being 
in the pools.

He joined his brother for lessons
with Mary and he's now doing
very well and is able to take
regular swim lessons with other
kids his age.

Sensory Swim®
is great and Andrew &
Mary made all the difference for my
boys! "

Brinda -Baltimore, Maryland  

Helping Children With Autism Fight Back Against The Dangers Of Wandering

"Sensory Swim® is helping
children with autism fight 
back against the dangers 
of wandering one 
  • extremely enjoyable,
  • exceedingly effective
  • perfectly fitted
  • private swim lesson
at a time."  

The Lessons Can Be Fun And Innovative, But Is Also Very Effective.

"Sensory Swim is by far the best
program that I have ever enrolled 
my son in.  

He's only been enrolled for 3
months, but he absolutely 
loves going to his lessons,
and wishes that they were 
longer than the half hour!

Devin has had one on one lessons at
the Y and got along well with the
instructor as he does with everyone,
but the connections seemed out
of obligation versus pure joy for 
the service that was being
offered.

 

Diving Devin


Unlike Sensory Swim who obviously
enjoy teaching, cares for the 
children, and want everyone
to be successful.

The lessons can be fun and
innovative, but is also very 
effective.

We are extremely happy with Andrew
and Mary's commitment, patience,
love and pride for what they do,
respect for everyone, and the love 
between them,which makes this
an exceptionally well rounded
program just for us!

The children also feels a sense of
pride from their achievements,
big or small.

If you are looking for a safe, friendly, 
family environment, then I highly 
recommend this program to anyone
who has a child with special needs
and who want their children to be
safe in and around the water.

Sensory Swim = AWESOME!"

Tamara - Windsor Mill, Maryland  

I Am Very Impressed With Their Dedication And Ability To Think Out Of The Box.

"Laurence is an 8-year-old autistic
boy who loves physical activity.

He has always liked being in the
water, but has never liked to get
his head wet.

Laurence has overcome all of that
thanks to his special needs 
swimming lessons at Sensory
Swim with  Andrew and Mary.

By slowly and patiently working
with Laurence they have
never run out of ideas
on how to teach 
Laurence to
swim.

Laurence first learned to do the crawl.

Next he learned to tread water and
to float on his back.

Meet Laurence


Laurence does not like to wear
goggles, and in the beginning
when Laurence’s eyes got
water in them he was
always rubbing them.

In time he learned to get over this and
now he goes under water and comes
to the surface with no signs of being
bothered by the water.

They slowly gained his trust,
teaching him to dive into the
water alone which he now
enjoys doing all the time.

After about 10 months of one-half hour
per week lessons, we lengthened his
lesson to one hour per week after 
which he started to progress rapidly
in his water skills.

Currently, Laurence is working on 
developing his swimming strokes.

I have watched Andrew and Mary work
with special needs children, and I am
very impressed with their dedication 
and ability to think out of the box.

They are true masters in what they do
to teach children like Laurence
swimming skills." 

Larry - Fallston, Maryland

Calvin Rapidly Surpassed The Swimming Skills Of His 6-Year Old Typically Developing Brother

"Swimming lessons with Andrew
are the highlight of our 
week!

My 4-year old son Calvin, who has
been was diagnosed with autism,
has made amazing progress in
the pool first with Mary, and
then Andrew. 

We started with Mary in June 2014,
and then due to a schedule change
caused by the pool, switched to 
Andrew at the beginning of
August.

 

Mary & Calvin Bringing The Smiles


Both Andrew and Mary are
unfailingly patient, kind, 
upbeat, and have an 
incredible knack for 
working with children
with special needs.

Calvin rapidly surpassed the
swimming skills of his 6-year
old typically developing brother
and is close to swimming on
his  own."

Elizabeth -Centreville, Virginia

"The thing that really shines through
is their love and passion for working 
with special needs kids "    

"Andrew and Mary's teaching comes
from having a mission.

They are there to serve the needs
of their students.

They feel passionately for these 
students and look beyond the 
surface to develop a personal
connection that provides the  
foundation for teaching each
child. 
 

Meet Joshua!


They are superb teachers.

They balance play with technique, and
teach practical skills and the love of 
being in the water.

They believe in each child and strive
to bring out the best for each of their 
students.

They are the best!"

Sherrie - Pikesville, Maryland  

It is a pleasure to write a reference 
for Sensory Swim® (Ms. Mary & 
Mr. Andrew) regarding their excellent 
stewardship as swim instructors, 
therapists, and our family heroes.

Their varied resourcefulness and
research- based reasoning are 
assets, which are evident in their 
therapeutic-quality instruction and
nurture as it relates to my son
and his sessions.

They consistently show a
wonderful grasp of the 
techniques and goals 
relating to my son’s 
development with
swim, self- regulation, 
and sportsmanship.


A noteworthy aspect of
Sensory Swim’s®
 
current experience is 
working in a diverse, 
community setting.

I know first -hand how successful 
Ms. Mary and Mr. Andrew are as 
swim instructors because they 
warmly welcomed my son, who
is currently diagnosed with a 
developmental delay into his first
experience of water play-and swim.

Ms. Mary and Mr. Andrew laid the 
foundation for ”learning is powerful
and meaningful” in the mind and
heart of my son, for a lifetime.

Sensory Swim®
enjoys the students 
and communicates well with them.

 

Meet Kevin The Swiming Machine

Their program is not a one size fits
all, but is individualized as it relates
to the child’s baselines and then
achievable goals.

Sensory Swim® 
is helping implement 
a strong foundation for our son that will 
enrich his future.

After each session, they provide 
quality feedback and offer sound 
best practices and next steps for 
the next session.

I see the attributes of patience, 
positive behavior systems, and 
response to interventions in 
each session.

This is exemplified by praises,
high fives, if the stroke is not
quite right, another strategy is 
applied, and smiles throughout
the sessions.

Sensory Swim®
comes highly 
recommended almost 3 years 
strong from toe in the water to 
5 feet and strokes (swimming)!

May their continued contribution to 
sports, continue to be a strong 
success in the global world! "

Dr. Angela - Baltimore, Maryland  

"Our adult daughter with Down
Syndrome started lessons with 
Mary at Sensory Swim about a
year ago, and it has been an 
incredible experience for her.

One of the first things we noticed
was that she was looking right 
into Mary's face and smiling
most of the time she was in
the water.

Laughing is also a big part of
her swimming.

For someone who doesn't show
her emotions very openly, that 
really stood out!

When she started lessons, she was
afraid of deep water, very hesitant
to put her face in the water,and
hesitant to try much of anything
without holding onto someone 
or something.

Meet Ms. Erin


But Mary's patience and expertise
have brought her to where she 
will try almost anything.

She frequently puts her face in the
water, dives in from the side of the
pool, and was even swimming on
her back by herself.

I am amazed at her progress and
can't wait to see what new thing
she will do each week!

Not only is she making progress
in learning to swim, she is gaining 
a lot of confidence in herself and 
what she can accomplish.

We are so grateful to Mary and
Andrew for their input into our 
daughter's life!

Louise - Westminister, Maryland  

"My daughter has been learning
to swim with Mary for 
about a 
year now.

We have tried private swimming
lessons for the last 5 years with 
no success.

She loves the water and we wanted
her to learn to swim so she could be
safe in and around the water.

She has made so much progress
with Mary and is swimming!

 

Katelyn & Mary Having A Blast



Mary and Andrew are wonderful 
people who know how to teach 
kids with special needs to swim
and be safe in the water. 

My daughter is finally able to
hold her breath and go 
underwater without choking
for the first time after 5 years
of trying to teach her personally 
and with other professional 
services.

I highly recommend Sensory Swim®
if you are looking for affordable,
quality, and successful private
swimming lessons for your 
special needs kids."

Ashley - Leesburg, Virginia

"The couple draws from their colorful
educational backgrounds to impart 
indispensable knowledge that may
prevent many autistic children and
adults from drowning." 

"Justin has always struggled
with swimming in pools.

He has made great progress with
Sensory Swim.

Andrew & Mary are patient, creative
with their methods & simply 
wonderful to work with.

No matter how far they push Justin
he always wants to go back for 
more.

I would recommend Sensory Swim to
anyone who has a child with special
needs & who may struggle with 
traditional swimming lessons
(even private).

 

Justin, Andrew & Mary During The 2012 Purpose Passion Progress Tour



We have tried so many different
swimming instructors & so many 
different methods.

No one has ever made progress
with Justin until now.

Today, we for the very first time
ever believe that Justin will learn 
to swim & be able to keep
himself safe in the water.

We are so thankful to Mary & Andrew"

Alesia & Jason - Howard County ,Maryland

"We first tried group swimming
lessons when my grandson was 
five years old .

He hated the classes and was scared
of getting in the pool.

I had heard about Sensory Swim in 
Maryland but could not find a 
comparable program in 
Virginia where we live.

Later, we tried a few months of
private swimming lessons at
the local YMCA.

My grandson who has sensory
processing disorder was 
always cold in the pool
and did not make any
progress.

 

Meet Marek



Luckily, a few months ago I
discovered that Mary and 
Andrew began giving classes
in Sterling ,Virginia and we 
were able to enroll my 
grandson in their program .

He is now eight years old and for
the first time he loves his weekly 
swimming lessons.

Both Mary and Andrew are
patient, innovating and make 
their lessons to be fun.

It is obvious that they really care for the
children they teach.

My grandson is proud of his progress
and has a lot of fun.

We are extremely happy we found
Sensory Swim and I recommend 
this program highly to anyone who
has a child with special needs."

Anna - Fairfax County, Virginia

"Some people enjoy the structure
and security that comes along with
many standard 9-to-5 jobs.

Others prefer the freedom that is 
inherent in owning your own 
business and embrace the 
financial uncertainty often 
present in startup 
endeavors.

And it's those people like the
Sensory Swim® 
team that 
end up changing the world"  

"To put it in plain English: You need to
be awesome" 


 
"My toddler has severe CP and we
wanted him to work on range of 
motion and develop motor skills 
in the 
water- perhaps even
swim one day.  

We found Sensory Swim® through a
friend with autistic sons who had
worked with Mary for a long time.

She and Andrew are amazing- calm,
gentle & reassuring.

They are devoted to their students.

Peter Aka Master Kicks & Mary Working On Range Of Motion


I see each of them with other kids 
before and after my son's lessons, 
and can see Mary and Andrew 
engage on a deep level with the 
children.

My son absolutely loves his classes
and Mary,and we are grateful for 
the skills he has learned so far.

Cannot recommend the program
highly enough."

Jess - Lutherville, Maryland

"Our son, Chris, has been taking
lessons with Andrew 
for the past 
year.

Although Chris loves the water, he
didn't have any swimming skills or 
strategies to stay safe in a large
body of water.

After a year we are confident that
Chris can tread water, can swim 
well enough to get to a safe spot,
and that he knows his limitations
in terms of coming into contact
with an unfamiliar swimming hole.

 

Andrew & Chris Learning How To Surf!


Chris absolutely loves the time
spent with Andrew in the pool.

He has gained a confidence that
goes beyond his swimming lessons.

It is one of his favorite activities and
he looks forward eagerly to his 
weekly lesson.

We give the highest recommendation to
Sensory Swim®
 to Andrew and to Mary
- who truly love the kids and want to 
see them succeed."

Carla - Ashburn, Virginia 

"My grandson Jakob started private 
swimming lessons two months ago 
with Mary & I couldn't be happier 
with it.

Jakob is 5 and autistic. 

He attends school, speech, and 
previously a feeding clinic,and 
he has had a hard time
adjusting to all of them. 

It took months for him to feel 
comfortable in school.  

On his first swim lesson Jakob 
was hesitant to go into the pool
area but by the end of that 
lesson he didn't want to leave.


Every week when he sees me
packing his swim bag he gets
so excited and when we get
to the pool he practically pulls 
me to the door to wait for Mary. 


He is so happy in the pool
and so comfortable with
Mary

 

Above: Mary & Jacob @ Sensory Swim


She has a very calm approach
with him which he really 
responds to.

Although Andrew is working with 
another child while Jakob is 
having his lesson, he always 
comes over and says hi 
and high fives Jakob.

They really seem to enjoy the
kids they work with, and I'm
convinced that's why Jakob 
has taken to it so quickly.

In over two years in school the
teachers have been unable to 
find anything that interests
Jakob, so to see him loving 
swimming and making progress
in so little time is definitely 
impressive.

I would and have recommended 
Sensory Swim®
.

Thanks for being there. "

Laura - Edgewood, Maryland

"For over four years our 7-year old
son has been taking 
swimming 
lessons.

We have been through four or
five instructors without making 
any progress.

That is until he started taking
lessons with Sensory Swim's® 

Andrew and Mary.

We drive one hour each way for once
a week lessons.

Xavier Showing Off His Grin!



Last week, our son actually dog-
paddled across the deep end of
the pool.

I have shed lots of tears watching
him struggle these last four years.

Last week, my tears were full of joy.

Andrew and Mary are helping our
son to develop confidence and a 
skill that he will have for the rest
of his life."

Dr. Shari C. & Earl- Washington, DC

"Andrew has been giving my son
private swimming lessons for over
a year now.  

I wasn't sure how long it would
take for Nico to learn to swim
since he was 6 and have never 
swimmed without a vest.

I can tell you that not only can
he swim now but he can go to
the bottom of the pool and

retrieve a ring! 

 

Above: Andrew & Nico


This is amazing for a child that
didn't ever put his face in the
water. 


Andrew and Mary are exceptional
instructors with loads of patience.

They are loving and kind to my 
sweet special needs child and 
that speaks volumes. 

I would highly recommend them 
and Sensory Swim®
- a God
sent and blessing for our family."

Jan - Herndon, Virginia