SIP 080: Brief Autism Overview

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Looking at the American Red Cross website I was looking for level updates and structure. I found their Swimming Water Safety book, and on page 170 and 171 their information on Autism!

A lot of people have been asking for guides on how to deal with autism, and i thought it would be a good update overview to start talking about this special case for children and teaching swimming.

Check out the book here:

Main Points:

  • Maintain routines. n
  • Give warnings of upcoming changes in activities or schedule. n
  • Use visuals to give directions, if possible, and try to pair with verbal instructions (Fig. 9-9). n
  • Verbal messages should be short and clear. n
  • Avoid using slang or jargon. n Try simplifying messages if not first understood. n
  • Respect each individual’s functional needs. n
  • Do not assume that an individual does not understand because of inappropriate behavior. n
  • alk with parents to find out which techniques or types of cues work best for their child. n
  • Be aware that many individuals with ASD have sensory challenges that may make things, such as loud noises, physical contact and bright lights upsetting or confusing.


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