“The Water Abilities program is designed to teach life-saving skills to children on the autism spectrum (or like characteristics) and help them embrace their natural affinity with water in a safe and beneficial way.
The WaterAbilities program is modelled on the existing Cyclabilities intensive capacity skill building and safety program. All instruction is therapy based, drawing on Occupational Therapy, Exercise Physiology, Social Work and Education.”
Accessibility InformationAutism/Sensory accessibility features:
Autism/Sensory accessibility information:
- Information available in various types
- Flexibility of the 'rules'
"While traditional aqua classes often have instructors who are not trained to work with children on the autism spectrum and do not understand their special learning requirements, the WaterAbilities program is structured around Allied Health Therapies and all in water instructors are swim instructor qualified with autistic swim instruction to communicate effectively with swimmers on the autism spectrum.
In addition to this, the program aims to create a calm, patient, and reassuring atmosphere suited to the individual needs and abilities of each swimmer. The program is tailored to individual needs and abilities to meet specific challenges of each participant. The program is built on the premise that with consistency, patience, and compassion, every participant can learn these valuable skills and build confidence in the water."