Autistic boy fear with the pool

Rose - posted on 07/05/2016 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Hi everyone,
My 11 years old autistic boy has a very bad sensory issue, he fear with the swimming pool but he likes to stay close by the pool , he attended one summer camp this year and there's a swimming lesson for an hour, one of the stuff member would like to push him down to the pool next time since he already really close by the pool,, do you think this is a good option?

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Rose - posted on 07/06/2016

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Hi Evelyn thank you so much , I won't let they do that with him, actually he was already by the pool he started to pick up the toys form the size of the pool,, he is the only kid, who no goes inside the water,, had one aide big giant guy tried to pull his hand and he run away from him now he watch out that aide and no trust anyone there except with one kind female aide who really gentle and working with his issue. He really want goes to the pool just everything to much for him, he needs to observe and be ready for that, he actually enjoyed his swimming time in the shallow water with his therapy, and the pool is less crowded so he feel OK and safe.. I appreciated your advice !! Thanks again
Rose

Ev - posted on 07/06/2016

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Rose--Do not allow it! As a five year old I was taken to the middle of the pool during swim lessons and pulled under with the instructor as she went under. They were trying to get me to get used to the water. After that swim lesson I could not swim and had to see where my feet were in the water. It did not help. I was scared to death to go swimming for real. It was another 13 years before I was comfortable enough to jump in on my own.

I have worked with special needs kids even with Autism. YOU do not do anything that would make their issues worse. And if your kid has issues with water right now and has had a hard time just to get into the water and that is a big accomplishment for him after 6 months---do you want him to regress? That would cause him to regress. He needs a summer camp equipped with staff that know how to handle his issues. Do not let them take him to jump in the water.

Rose - posted on 07/06/2016

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@ sarah e, Evelyn Witt thanks so much for your comments,, to be honest I don't like it either, My son take a swimming lesson even in shallow water it's took him 6 months to actually got into the water and this is a huge pool Olympic size,, they planed to carry him and jump together with him into the water.
Thank you

Sarah - posted on 07/06/2016

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Absolutely not. That staff member, if a trained swimming instructor, should know better. If someone pushed my non-swimmer, fearful child into the pool; I'd have him arrested.

Ev - posted on 07/06/2016

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Push your son into the pool? Does that not go against your son's sensory issue and fear? I would not allow it.

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