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Accessible Swim Lessons for Children

Although swimming may be easy to learn for many children, including those with visual impairments, some tips for preparing for that first swim lesson – for parents as well as instructors – can make the activity the “best experience possible.” So states Tracey Poimeno, Perkins School for the Blind Lower School teacher. Parents of children who are visually impaired and about to begin swimming lessons “may be wondering how to adapt a swim lesson…” Prior to class, for example, pathways and walkways should be cleaned up and cleared of obstructions. Always keep equipment in the same location. In the pool, brightly colored objects that contrast with the water are helpful, as well as verbal prompting and descriptive verbal instructions. Communication with the child, in particular after the lesson, is important to gauge their experience, what they thought went well or didn’t. Read the full article on the website.