Sensory Swim® : The Most Requested Special Needs Swim Program On The Planet As Seen On & Featured By


Mom & Dad, 
We know you've been searching high & low
for private swimming lessons for your child
that are designed
  • 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 children with autism
and other special needs.

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

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

Take your time to browse the rest of the site.

It's filled to the brim with

  • resources
  • success stories
& more.

Currently we are on the sold out
Triumph Today Testify
Tomorrow Tour.

But 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

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

Capture Us With Grace,
Mary & Andrew

"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very clear that his previous selections are no longer valid and 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

"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  

"Just a huge shout out to Sensory Swim® and what a 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

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

"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

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  

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 

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


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  

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

"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 

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 struggle 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

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

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"  

"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

"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

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

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

Elizabeth -Centreville, Virginia

"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

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

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®
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

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

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 

"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