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Adaptive Aquatics

Adaptive Aquatics

Adaptive Aquatics are individual swimming lessons that adapt the aquatic environment to meet the needs of all children. Youngsters without or with special needs (diagnoses may include autism, cerebral palsy, quadriplegia, or developmental delays) can all benefit from our aquatics program. Offered by Children’s Care Hospital & School, the goals of the Adaptive Aquatics program are to teach water safety and functional and recreational swimming skills. Nearly any child can learn to be independent in the water (always with supervision, of course) with or without a flotation device. A state and nationally certified teacher develops a learning program designed to help an individual (ages 3 to young adult) learn to swim to the best of his or her ability. 

Each child is unique. They have unique needs. As they grow and develop, their minds and bodies respond in many different ways. Their needs change with the seasons as they become ready for more challenges. One place that all children can learn and grow is in the water. Teaching a child to swim can be fun and educational, which has led to the development of a program called Adaptive Aquatics.

With Adaptive Aquatics the possibilities are endless. Each child has individual goals designed to adapt to the needs of the child. The benefits of this program can be as small as getting a child to put their face in the water, to as big as has big as having them ready for total independence in the Red Cross logowater. Specialized staff teach basic water skills while incorporating educational and social skills as well. Students learn to dive underwater by identifying weighted and colored numbers to pick up and bring to the pool’s side. In doing this, number identification, counting and color recognition are incorporated into their lessons. Students also learn the importance of communication by following directions and taking turns while playing games and doing various activities. Best of all, the Adaptive Aquatics program at Children's Care is Red Cross certified.

Physical fitness is a very important benefit of Adaptive Aquatics. Endurance swimming and different strength concepts to help increase heart rate and make swimming a fun and healthy experience for all are additional elements of this program.

With its own indoor pool located in the basement, Children’s Care has a growing Adaptive Aquatics program with certified and trained instructors along with special equipment to meet all the needs of our students. We work with parents, therapists and physicians to make sure the child is getting the most out of their aquatics experience. With many of our students we provide water therapy including range of motion, stretching, increase strength and balance, lessen muscle and joint pain, and improve dexterity and fine motor skills.

Adaptive Aquatics is a fun and beneficial program that is continually growing. We are constantly finding new equipment and teaching techniques to accommodate all the needs of our students. Our instructors bring an extensive experience to ensure success with all children.

Check out program director Jamie Winklepleck's credentials:
  • Certified Water Safety Instructor (WSI)  
  • Lifeguard Instructor (LGI)
  • First Aid training
  • CPR for the Professional Rescuer Certified
  • Training in Professional Crisis Management (PCM)
  • Basic training in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

Instructor Alysha Tye's credentials:

  • Certified Water Safety Instructor (WSI)  
  • Lifeguard Certified (LG)
  • First Aid training
  • CPR for the Professional Rescuer Certified
  • Training in Professional Crisis Management (PCM)
  • Basic training in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
To find out more information, please call 605-444-9579 or EMAIL.

Click HERE for more information about Adaptive Aquatics.

For more information on available scholarships for Adaptive Aquatics, click HERE.

Click HERE for more information about American Red Cross Swimming Lessons.

As I have stated many times, this place and all of you have been more than a blessing for Ryan. You will never realized the full extent! You are like family to us, so this is not a good-bye as we will pop in on occasion to see all of your smiling faces! Heartfelt Thanks!
– Karyl, Parent
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