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Special Needs Swimming in Fairfax County VA. Adaptive Aquatics
Karen: Do you think swimming or aquatic therapy is appropriate for my special needs kid?
Steve: Absolutely, positively without equivocation. In general, the swimming community is the most supportive group of families we have come across in the 17 years that we have been involved with kids sports in Fairfax County. The Special needs volunteers are ...as you can imagine...outstanding human beings.
Also, your child does not need to be involved in the competitive aspects of some of the special needs programs, to physically and mentally benefit from aquatic training. For some reason, water has a special power, it is almost spiritual. It has a calming effect on children when they are introduced to it in the right way.
Check out the great programs available for adaptive exercise https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/adapted-programs
Adapted Aquatics"The Park Authority's award-winning Adapted Aquatics is an individualized swimming and water activity program for customers with physical and developmental disabilities. This success-oriented program targets individuals who do not currently meet the prerequisites for participating in an inclusive environment. The program is designed to develop basic swim skills in a structured setting with one-on-one support from trained volunteers.Students may register for:Adapted Aquatics Group Classes – These courses are conducted by American Red Cross certified Adapted Aquatics Instructors and trained volunteers.
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