Adapted Aquatics:Special needs programs in Fairfax County, Virginia

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 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 Get your kids in the water now!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.

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Your child does not need to be involved in competitive Special Olympics 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.

The following information was taken directly from Fairfax County park web page on Adaptive Aquatics



Adapted Aquatics

"The Park Authority's award-winning Adapted Aquatics is an individualized swimming and water activity Shortly, I will not need these floaties!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:

  1. Adapted Aquatics Group Classes – These courses are conducted by American Red Cross certified Adapted Aquatics Instructors and trained volunteers.
  2. Small group lessons (one to four students) – These lessons are offered at all RECenter pools. Flexible scheduling is available. Classes can also be arranged for school groups and group homes. Call 703-324-8565 for more information.

Please note that family members may be requested to assist in the water if volunteers are not available."

ssspppppppppppzzzzztttttttttzzzzzzAlso available are Special Olympics prep programs for developmentally delayed youth who want to participate in swimming competitions. These swim meets are awesome and  encouraging. Check out what Special Olympics does with the help of the Fairfax County facilitiess HERE.





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Kirk Westervelt
Van West Realty - Greenville, SC Realtor -Short Sale Expert! - Greenville, SC
Kirk Westervelt, Broker In Charge, Van West Realty - CDPE - Short Sale Agent - Home for Sale - Greenville, Simpsonvil...

Hello and welcome to Active Rain! Enjoy yourself, learn from others and share your experiences and knowledge with all of us! I look forward to reading your blogs in the future!

Nov 24, 2009 03:29 PM #1
Lorena Westervelt
Van West Realty - Greenville, SC

Hello, welcome to Active Rain! This seems like a wonderful environment to network as well as learn from others. I hope you enjoy yourself and participate often in the Active Rain environment!

Nov 24, 2009 03:42 PM #2
Steve and Jan Bachman
RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax - Herndon, VA
Realtors - Northern Virginia

Thank you Kirk and Lorena. It is almost embarassing to have let this platform go by for so long without investigating. The talent here and the ideas for improving our service to our clients is just enormous. Finding the time to sell property as well as learn all the technology for the social network sites has been daunting. As you can tell from the first blog attempt above, I have not mastered entering pictures and wrapping text. After searching around Active Rain in the wee hours this morning, I came across Scribefire recommended by Brad Anderson...going to give that a try to make the blog look better. Thanks for stopping by and for your contributions to the conversation

Nov 25, 2009 12:29 AM #3
Yvette Gardner
Keller Williams Realty, Spartanburg, SC - Spartanburg, SC

Welcome to Active Rain and congratulations on your first post.  It looks like you're off to a great start.  We hope you enjoy A/R as much as we do.  There are many opportunities to share your knowledge and learn from others. Take care, Yvette & Dennis

Nov 27, 2009 12:27 PM #4
Steve and Jan Bachman
RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax - Herndon, VA
Realtors - Northern Virginia

Thanks for stopping by Yvette and Dennis,

I believe Active Rain has enormous potential for all in: technical training, lead generation both outside and inside the community and client service wisdom from perspectives previously not condidered.

Much success to you!



Dec 01, 2009 03:52 AM #5
Letitia Stevenson
BHHS Fox & Roach | - Greenville, DE
Delaware Valley Real Estate, Lic'd in DE, PA & MD

Steve & Jan, Welcome to Active Rain! Active Rain is a great place to share your knowledge, expertise and thoughts, as well as network and learn so much from the vast pool of talent already onboard.

Welcome Aboard and Much Success in 2010!

Jan 15, 2010 03:15 AM #6
Steve and Jan Bachman
RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax - Herndon, VA
Realtors - Northern Virginia

Thanks Letitia,

don't forget...mastering the four basic competitive swimming strokes is almost as good as a 3 million dollar sale and is actually easier! Even for a person who is over 22 years such as yourself.

Best wishes for 2010

Jan 15, 2010 05:23 AM #7
Nick T Pappas
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Hey Steve, probably surprised to see me here.  I thought that I would check out your early seems like so long ago doesn't it!

May 27, 2010 04:47 AM #8
Steve and Jan Bachman
RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax - Herndon, VA
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Thanks for stopping by Nick., are kinda forced to go way back to see some non-neighborhood related posts...I have not been doing much else lately and I am behind in that. There are sooo many Realtors around here 12,000+ that I need to do a lot of blog base building to get more Google presence

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