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"Breaking the Shell of Autism" by Dan Vawter- Adapted Aquatics Conference 2012

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  • 1. 5/7/2012 Breaking the Shell of Autism © BY DAN VAWTER AQUACHAMPS SWIM SCHOOLCopyright 2012 by AquaChamps Swim School all rights reserved. All rights reserved. Federal copyrightlaw prohibits unauthorized reproduction by any means and imposes fines up to $25,000 for violation. 1
  • 2. 5/7/2012What is Autism? SPECTRUM DISORDER 2
  • 3. 5/7/2012Difficulties Include: VERBAL & NON-VERBAL COMMUNICATION SOCIAL INTERACTIONS LEISURE OR PLAY ACTIVITIES 3
  • 4. 5/7/2012Diagnosis •Generally evident by age 3 •In 1990, the average age of diagnosis was 4-6 years, and in 2000, the age was 30 months. (Neurology, 2000) •Early diagnosis & intervention has proven to be extremely beneficial. 4
  • 5. 5/7/2012The Whole Truth…•1 in every 88 children is diagnosed with Autism.•Autism is the 3rd most common developmentaldisability in the USA. (Center for Disease Control, 2007 & 2012) 5
  • 6. 5/7/2012 NO FEAR + BEING PRONE TO WANDER +HEIGHTENED SENSORY SENSITIVITY + WATER = DANGER OF DROWNING 6
  • 7. 5/7/2012So How Can We Swim ThroughThis Disorder? Teaching a child with Autism how to swim unassisted is listed as one of the components of the National Autism Association’s “Autism Safety Toolkit”. 7
  • 8. 5/7/2012BENEFITS OF SWIMMING •LARGE MUSCLE DEVELOPMENT & COORDINATION •COGNITIVE PROCESSING •RELAXATION •BUILDS SELF ESTEEM 8
  • 9. 5/7/2012Teaching Concerns VERY IMPORTANT PERSON VARY IN PROGRAM 9
  • 10. 5/7/2012Teaching Concerns TUNING OUT 10
  • 11. 5/7/2012Teaching Concerns SEIZURES 11
  • 12. 5/7/2012 Teaching Techniques1) Make use of sameness & structure2) Remove/reduce distractions3) Structured transitions between activities4) Utilize visual techniques5) Be mindful of the length of each activity6) Be patient7) Self-exploration8) Sensory Integration 12
  • 13. 5/7/2012 SensoryIntegration 13
  • 14. 5/7/2012AUTISM’S FORMULA 51)MOTIVATION/REINFORCEMENT2)BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT3)COMMUNICATION4)SOCIAL INTERACTION5)CAREGIVER PARTICIPATION 14
  • 15. 5/7/2012 15
  • 16. 5/7/2012Christian Early - Began at 19 years old - No Fear, Loved everything AQUATIC - “BRUCE THE SHARK” - Looking for exercise & technique 16
  • 17. 5/7/2012Christian Early FORMULA 5 COMMUNICATION 17
  • 18. 5/7/2012Christian Early SETTING THE EXAMPLE 18
  • 19. 5/7/2012Christian Early FORMULA 5 BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT THE STEP APPROACH 19
  • 20. 5/7/2012Christian Early 20
  • 21. 5/7/2012Christian Early 21
  • 22. 5/7/2012Christian Early FORMULA 5 SOCIAL INTERACTION 22
  • 23. 5/7/2012Christian Early 23
  • 24. 5/7/2012Alec Cammaratta - 5 YEARS OLD - A HEALTHY, STRONG BOY - HAD BEEN DOING LESSONS - DRINKING THE POOL! - VERY UNSAFE!!! 24
  • 25. 5/7/2012Alec Cammaratta FORMULA 5 BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT 25
  • 26. 5/7/2012Alec Cammaratta FORMULA 5 MOTIVATION/REINFORCEMENT 26
  • 27. 5/7/2012Alec Cammaratta FORMULA 5 COMMUNICATION HEY, HEY, WE’RE THE MONKEYS! 27
  • 28. 5/7/2012Alec Cammaratta “2 HANDS” 28
  • 29. 5/7/2012Danny Lopez - 5 YEARS OLD - CHRISTOPHER’S COUSIN - HIGH-FUNTIONING & VERBAL - GOAL WAS A SAFER SWIMMER & EXERCISE ACTIVITY 29
  • 30. 5/7/2012Danny Lopez THE “POWER OF 3” 30
  • 31. 5/7/2012Danny Lopez FORMULA 5 BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT THE STEP APPROACH 31
  • 32. 5/7/2012Danny Lopez OVER THE BRIDGE 32
  • 33. 5/7/2012Danny Lopez 33
  • 34. 5/7/2012Nakeem Rose IS THERE ANYTHING MORE PRECIOUS THAN A ROSE? - BEGAN AT 4 YEARS OLD - CLASSMATE OF CHRISTOPHER & THE FIRST PARTICIPANT IN THE “AQUACHAMPS SWIM SCHOOL AND CHRISTOPHER CONNECTIONS PROGRAM” - NON-VERBAL - NO SWIMMING BACKGROUND, BUT LOVED THE WATER! 34
  • 35. 5/7/2012Nakeem Rose FORMULA 5 CAREGIVER PARTICIPATION 35
  • 36. 5/7/2012Nakeem Rose BEGIN WITH BASICS 36
  • 37. 5/7/2012Nakeem Rose 37
  • 38. 5/7/2012Nakeem Rose J IH E G A B F C D 38
  • 39. 5/7/2012 FORMULA 5BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT 39
  • 40. 5/7/2012Nakeem Rose THE GREATEST TEACHER! 40
  • 41. 5/7/2012Charles Wingold - Began at 4 years old, raised by single grandmother - Limited Speech Patterns - Auditory Processing Delay - Behavioral and Aggression issues 41
  • 42. 5/7/2012Charles Wingold FORMULA 5 BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT 42
  • 43. 5/7/2012Charles Wingold Owning His Behavior 43
  • 44. 5/7/2012Charles Wingold 44
  • 45. 5/7/2012Charles Wingold- Joins our Advanced Strokes Pre-Team- Return of Aggressive Behavior- Sensory Overload 45
  • 46. 5/7/2012Charles Wingold TRANSITION TO COMPETITION 46
  • 47. 5/7/2012Charles Wingold FUTURE OLYMPIAN 47
  • 48. 5/7/2012Neil Hinds - Began at 4 years old - Non-Verbal, major coordination issues - Visual & Somatic Sensory Issues - Afraid of showers & water in the face 48
  • 49. 5/7/2012Neil Hinds SLOW & STEADY WINS THE RACE 49
  • 50. 5/7/2012Neil Hinds Show Me State of Mind 50
  • 51. 5/7/2012Neil Hinds Hot Dog Rolls 51
  • 52. 5/7/2012Neil Hinds COLD WATER ISSUES 52
  • 53. 5/7/2012Neil Hinds 53
  • 54. 5/7/2012Neil Hinds J IH E G A B F C D 54
  • 55. 5/7/2012Neil Hinds OVER THE BRIDGE 55
  • 56. 5/7/2012Neil Hinds Interactive Metronome Therapy 56
  • 57. 5/7/2012AND 57
  • 58. 5/7/2012 58
  • 59. 5/7/2012 Proper swimming lessons are often cost prohibitive & inaccessible!Lifetime cost of raising a child with Autism rangesfrom $3.5 million to $5 million…The United States will spend an estimated $90billion annually in costs for Autism. (Autism Society of America) 59
  • 60. 5/7/2012FLORIDA’S COMMITTMENT APRIL 2006 FLORIDA HOUSE BILL 1319 INTERNATIONAL SWIM INSTRUCTORS ASSOCIATION “ADAPTIVE AQUATICS CERTIFICATION” WWW.SWIMINSTRUCTORS.ORG 60
  • 61. 5/7/2012Get Connected AUTISM SOCIETY OF AMERICA www.autism-society.org AUTISM SPEAKS www.autismspeaks.org NATIONAL AUTISM ASSOCIATION www.nationalautismassociation.org 61
  • 62. 5/7/2012Get Connected LOCAL SCHOOLS OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS PHYSICAL THERAPISTS CHILD PSYCHOLOGISTS STATE SUPPORTED PROGRAMS 62
  • 63. 5/7/2012 HOW DOES YOURPROGRAM FIT INTO THE PUZZLE? 63
  • 64. 5/7/2012Yilmaz, Yanardag, Birkan and Bumin (2004)Concluded that cardiorespiratory, flexibility, balance, agility & strength increased and stereotypical behaviors decreased after swimming. 64
  • 65. 5/7/2012 65