you also have seen how hard it is to find swim lessons that are the
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
When you join the Sensory Swim® family, you join a
supportive environment where
- perpetual progress is standard,
- directions are clear
Take your time to browse the rest of the site.
It's filled to the brim with
- Autism resources
- success stories (see below)
The 2015 Happy Grace Giving Tour is right around the corner and we
are excited to announce the winter leg of the tour brings us to
- Sterling, Virginia
- Chantilly, Virginia
- Laurel, Maryland
- Bel Air, Maryland
Within A Few Months They Can Both Fully Swim And Christian Is Even Starting To Do The Backstroke!
Sensory Swim® and what
a phenomenal job they
have done with our 2
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
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 –
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selections are no longer
valid and swimming is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
Kyle truly loves his Friday sessions
and looks forward to laps in the
pool with his favorite instructor
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,
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.
He is completely at ease with all
the abilities of floating, swimming
to the edge etc that constitute
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
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
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
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
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 first learned to do the crawl.
Next he learned to tread water and
to float on his back.
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
Larry - Fallston, Maryland
Calvin Rapidly Surpassed The Swimming Skills Of His 6-Year Old Typically Developing Brother
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
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
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
Elizabeth -Centreville, Virginia
is their love and passion for working
with special needs kids "
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
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
They are the best!"
Sherrie - Pikesville, Maryland
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
swim, self- regulation,
A noteworthy aspect of
current experience is
working in a diverse,
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.
Their program is not a one size fits
all, but is individualized as it relates
to the child’s baselines and then
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
This is exemplified by praises,
high fives, if the stroke is not
quite right, another strategy is
applied, and smiles throughout
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
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
Laughing is also a big part of
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
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
Louise - Westminister, Maryland
to swim with Mary for about a
We have tried private swimming
lessons for the last 5 years with
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!
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
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
educational backgrounds to impart
indispensable knowledge that may
prevent many autistic children and
adults from drowning."
with swimming in pools.
He has made great progress with
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
I would recommend Sensory Swim to
anyone who has a child with special
needs & who may struggle with
traditional swimming lessons
We have tried so many different
swimming instructors & so many
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
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
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
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
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
And it's those people like the
Sensory Swim® team that
end up changing the world"
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.
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
My son absolutely loves his classes
and Mary,and we are grateful for
the skills he has learned so far.
Cannot recommend the program
Jess - Lutherville, Maryland
lessons with Andrew for the past
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.
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
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
swimming lessons two months ago
with Mary & I couldn't be happier
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
She has a very calm approach
with him which he really
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
I would and have recommended
Thanks for being there. "
Laura - Edgewood, Maryland
son has been taking swimming
We have been through four or
five instructors without making
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.
Last week, our son actually dog-
paddled across the deep end of
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
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!
This is amazing for a child that
didn't ever put his face in the
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