A different kind of swimming lesson in Port aux Basques Rather than dozens of children splashing around, learning how to float or do the breaststroke, there are just two children in the water.
Each has their own instructor. Josh Seymour is boisterous and outgoing, Elyas Al Nabbot burberry pet is quiet and a bit shy. Thanks to a pilot program put together by the Bruce II and Port aux Basques' autism support group, Autism Involves Me (AIM), they're learning to swim in a way they couldn't before. The idea came from an AIM meeting. AIM co founder Joan Chaisson said she saw something online about a similar program being done in the United burberry swim wear States. "And I wondered if it was a possibility to be done here," she said. Chaisson approached Wanda Merrigan, the aquatics supervisor at the Bruce II. "She was 100 per cent behind it," Chaisson said. "I can't get over how supportive our town is." Merrigan said there are children on the autism spectrum who attend regular swimming lessons. Merrigan said during regular swimming lessons, about 40 children are in the pool at any given time and that creates a lot of noise. "It gets very loud," she said. "So if you have children who have sensory issues it's overwhelming." Visual sensory overload can also be a problem, Merrigan said, with all the children moving around and splashing. Merrigan said it can keep children on the autism spectrum from participating in lessons. This program limits the number of people in the pool. At most, there will be three children and three instructors in the water at any given time. "It's a relatively calm environment," Merrigan said. Six children signed up for the first session, although two are dropping out until the next session in the spring. Each child gets one on one time with an instructor for 30 minutes each week. Chloe Munden is one of the three instructors Merrigan chose to participate in the new program. "I really enjoy it," Munden said. "I think it's fun and it's nice to have the one on one and it's quiet in the pool so you can interact with them." Munden said the one on one interaction gives both the instructors and the children an opportunity to get to know each other and get used to each other. Kayla Warren is another instructor and said the transformation she's seen with Elyas has been amazing. "The first day I would be lucky if I could get him to say 'yes' or 'no' if I asked him a question," Warren said. But Warren said at a recent lesson, she dropped a toy octopus to the bottom of the pool. "I didn't bring up anything about looking for an octopus and he looked down at the bottom and asked 'Can you get me the octopus?' " Unlike regular burberry cheapest place to buy swimming lessons, Warren, Munden and Emily Graham aren't creating a lesson plan for these children. "To say they're flying by the seat of their pants is an understatement," Merrigan burberry bags outlet uk said. But Merrigan said that's part of the reason the three girls were chosen to teach the kids.
"Not everybody can do that," she said. "They have a natural ability for teaching, and you can see it when they're doing their regular lessons.".
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