Teaching Children with Autism to Swim

Children with autism and bodies of water have long been a nightmarish combination for parents and guardians. A Columbia University study published earlier this year confirmed their fears: Children with autism are 160X more likely than other children to drown.

Experts say the causes include impulsivity, sensorial attraction to water and lack of understanding of its dangers.

Now a new Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders study preliminarily shows children on the spectrum can, indeed, learn the skills to avoid drowning.

Patience is key, say swim instructors who offer swim and water-safety classes tailored to the needs of children with autism.

Source: STAT

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