October is ADHD Awareness Month and a unique opportunity to highlight how water activities can help children with ADHD and others who deal with sensory challenges. Swimming can “strengthen their sensory processing skills, while also providing calming and modulating benefits.”
But first things first, getting them into the water. The change in the pool environment — sights, sounds, smells, textures — can be overwhelming for a child with sensory issues.
Find out why pediatric physical therapist, mom of three and co-author of The Inspired Treehouse blog, Lauren Drobnjak, says swimming is her number one sports recommendation for children with sensory processing difficulties, and learn more about her Swimming Tips for Sensory Kids & Reluctant Swimmers here.
At Aqua-Tots Swim Schools, we believe that all children can experience a lifetime of benefits from learning how to swim; they just need the opportunity to get their feet wet in a safe, friendly and possibly adaptive environment.