Swimming and water activities are great ways for your child to enjoy the summer, but make sure safety comes first. If possible, start by registering your child for swim lessons. The YMCA offers adaptive swim classes that might benefit kids with autism.
In addition to swim lessons, follow these swim-safety tips:
Swimming is just one of many ways kids with autism can play in the water. Whether your child is playing in a bathtub, a kiddie pool, a splash pad or an ocean, be sure to take proper safety precautions.
Visit choa.org/summersafety for more tips on water safety.
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