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Make a Splash for Youth with Autism

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It’s no secret that I am not shy when discussing the benefits of swimming and water exercise for youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Many fitness experts regard swimming as one of the best forms of exercise. It is one of the few exercises in which all body parts are used at the same time. The water also creates natural resistance to build stronger muscles and it puts less wear and tear on the body joints. Water gives the body amazing input and is a huge sensory regulator for many children with Autism. At the end of our 2011 Summer Autism Fitness Camp I really felt the absence of a swimming pool fitness station. It was obvious how the children enjoyed their time in the pool and how the swimming clearly improved their motor skills, confidence and strength. It also leads to a noticeable decrease in self-stimulating behaviors. I have told many parents if given the “right” trainer and a swimming pool, we’ll improve many autistic symptoms and behaviors.

Posted by suzanne Oct 28, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized 2 Comments