Swim Lessons for Autistic Kids

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2010 - 2013 Recommendations

Swim class for high functioning autistic 5-year-old

Oct 2013

Hey there, I have a 5 year old boy with autism who is very hesitant about swimming/getting in the pool/physical activity in general. I was looking for someplace that has either specific special needs classes or someone who is just good with that population. The Berkely Y classes just don't work for our schedule at this point, but they're the only place we've been able to find that specifically mentions special needs. Any feedback much appreciated!

this response is for you as well as the one following you re swim classes- Albany Unified School District pool! My daughter is on the spectrum and has some palsy issues and she did 3 semesters of private lessons at the beautiful City of Albany pool and loved it. There were a LOT of other neuroatypical kids there having private lessons and the instructors are all skilled and friendly. The locker room is immaculate and there is free and plentiful parking. Rates for nonresidents are a bit higher but still very reasonable, and I found everyone at this brand new facility to be really kind and helpful. My daughter is now water-safe, and I was not stressed out by the lack of parking, unhelpful employees, and running the homeless gauntlet that typifies my previous experiences at the Berkeley Y. I'll never go the the Berkeley Y again

2007 - 2009 Recommendations

April 2009

Re: Swim teacher to come to our house
Hi I just wanted to put in a good word for two wonderful special needs swimming instructors, Derrick Hensman and Alon Altman. They have taught my autistic son at the Berkeley High Warm Pool for many months now and he has made terrific progress swimming and he absolutely LOVES to go. Both the instructors are really patient, calm, and understand kids with sensory issues and limited verbal abilities. Derrick's email is swimdivesail [at] gmail.com. Alon's email is noo_shoin [at] yahoo.com Mary

My son's regular swim teacher had a substitute last week. My son really liked him. I don't know if he's amenable to coming to your house, but I do know he's looking for instruction opportunities (he sent an email around asking us for recommendations). His information is: Derrick Hensman 510-296-5069 swimdivesail [at] gmail.com Qualifications: 15 years as a swim instructor for children 6 months of age and older; 15 years of teaching adults and seniors; 7 years of teaching developmentally challenged individuals (i.e. Autism and Down Syndrome); Certified Water Safety Instructor (WSI); Lifeguard; First Aid and CPR certified. Karen
May 2008

Re: Swim lessons for 5-y-o with selective mutism
My children have been taking private lessons at AquaTech Swim School in Alameda since the beginning of March and they both love it. Recently, a boy with autism has started lessons at the same time we are there and I've been very impressed with the way the teacher (Adrienne) interacts with him and his progress. Family members have gotten in the pool with him, so I'm sure that wouldn't be a problem. I would definitely contact them to discuss your grandson's situation. It's quite possible they could arrange lessons with a different teacher for your granddaughters at the same time. Here's the contact information: http://www.aquatechswimschool.com/ Phone number is: (510) 337-0200 Happy Swim Mom