08 Jul Swim class for kids with disabilities.
Attending swim class for kids with disabilities has been fantastic for Ariel. Ariel has started out as a very anxious little swimmer, but now loves the water and thus going swimming. Initially we put her in a mainstream school but in a private session. Unfortunately it didn’t work. The instructor, although very enthusiastic, did not seem to understand Ariel and how to interact with her. It was painful to watch. We pulled out and decided to wait until Ariel was older. It was at her gymnastics class one day (blog coming soon), where I was speaking to a parent of a child with Down syndrome, that I discovered Little Hero’s Swim Academy. He forewarned me they were amazing and therefore was a wait list. Luckily we didn’t need to wait long.
Little Hero’s has both a mainstream learn to swim and a disability program. The goal is to provide an inclusive environment where both mainstream and students with a disability can learn together and from each other. Ariel attends her one on one class at Ryde Royal Rehab centre with other kids with disabilities and she has gone from petrified to positively enthusiastic. Mostly. Ariel spent most the first few weeks at the side of the pool but gradually, with gentle encouragement (and patience) from her lovely instructor Fiona, Ariel is now swimming.
Like many children with disabilities Ariel has a fair amount of anxiety. See blog here
In a perfect world she can participate in mainstream groups with minimal fuss. This maybe the case in the future but for now we are staying in our one on one class with other kids who have disabilities. It is the best thing for Ariel. She has been doing the same in gymnastics and will be ready to move on to a mainstream class next tern. I will write about her success there very soon. Little Hero’s gets thumbs up from us. Highly recommended! Fees can also be covered by NDIS.