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Nine of our swim teachers attended a Swim Whisperers workshop with Angelfish Therapy. The information is a blend of therapy and swimming instruction. We learned techniques to enhance skill acquisition that can be included in the warm-up portion of swim lessons for almost all children, but especially those with SPD. Some of the techniques we had figured out but the workshop showed us the science behind WHY they worked. We were so convinced of the value of the information that we instituted some changes to our curriculum and changes to individual lesson plans immediately.
It was amazing what we learned in one day.
Swim-in Zone, Director & Owner
The Swim Whisperers (training) program was eye opening. It made me realize that many people have some special needs to some degree. The techiniques shown in the program can be adapted for all ages of students, babies to adults, who seem to learn differently than the traditonal student. Swim Whisperers gave me the ability to be a more diverse instructor.
Thanks for all your help.
Ailene and Cindy,
Thank you so very much for bringing this information to a place where we could attend and learn. Prior to coming yesterday to your seminar I was concerned with the “idea” of being able to reach children with special needs and wanted to learn how I could personally add that group of children to my teaching skills. However, seeing you with them in the water and learning more about the work required to insure that these special children can be safe in the water and enjoy themselves in the water has given me the inspiration I needed to kick start my own work.
I have always felt ill-equipped and lacking the knowledge to really do a good job. Spending the day yesterday made a huge difference for me. I am nowhere near where I should be to be really knowledgeable but I feel as though I can provide a better experience for the kids and start to make a difference for them.
There are times when I see people who seem to understand that success is measured not so much in what someone is willing to pay you to do a job but in the true satisfaction you get from doing your job. You two are those very successful people who give more than they take but always think they get more than they give. Keep up the fine work.
I participated in your two-day course in Dec 2009. I have had great success using the different techniques and ideas that you taught. At my current work location, I am training fellow PT’s and we are launching a 2-hour aquatic therapy program this week. A few of us would like to take the Swim Whisperers course in Dec, including one of our APE teachers! I believe great things are ahead for our aquatic program, including groups and swim training!
Hi Aileen and Cindy,
This is F.P. I just want you two to know what a great course you led in April in CT. Since I work in isolation (basically) It was really good to know that I was on track.
However, I changed the way I work in the pool after being with you two and have seen some remarkable changes in kids. They have always loved to come to swim, but the changes in their level of participation was noticeable. I’ve used just about every example you suggested.
It added incredibly to my repertoire. One parent of a child with severe sensory dysfunction and an IQ of about 140, emailed me after the first session back (using your suggestions) to tell me that her child had begun to make legible letters for the first time. She attributed this to the hour I spent having her child cross midline in as many activities as I could come up with, and sequencing water-land transitions over and over.
This was the child who freaked out with water on her face. I did just what you told me! Scooped water in my hand and dragged it down her face (after a bit of verbal and visual prep of course). We got past that hurdle and now she does it to herself. This is monumental for showers and washing hair at home, says Mom.
THANK YOU SO MUCH! I gave you all the credit.
So thanks. I’ve used every suggestion with all sorts of kids and the kids love it. Sincerely,”