Swimming is something usually associated with the summer time and the outdoors. Indoor swimming is usually associated for serious swimmers and senior citizens at the Y. But winter swimming is also an effective way for those with autism and other developmental disabilities to get in shape and get some sensory time in as well.
More importantly, teaching autistic children to swim will lessen the chance of drowning. Drowning is one of the leading causes of death in children with autism. Many local YMCAs and private instructors are trained specifically to teach children with special needs.
Once children learn to swim, getting a family pool is a convenient way to enjoy swimming. One way to enjoy year round benefits is to get an exercise pool. Some of the top brands are Endless Pools , SwimEx, and even Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps has his own line.
These pools can often be put indoors or in a garage bay, so that swimming can take place whatever the weather. The price ranges anywhere from $6000 to $25,000. Compared to a regular in-ground pool, they are a bargain.
Of course, supervision and safety are paramount so getting safety alarms and pool covers are essential.