"Kids Saving & Changing Lives" by Kellie Maier- Adapted Aquatics Conference 2012

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"Kids Saving & Changing Lives" by Kellie Maier- Adapted Aquatics Conference 2012

  1. 1. KelsKids“Saving & Changing Lives, One SPLASH at a Time”
  2. 2. Kellie Maier,Founder and Program Manager
  3. 3. Swim Lessons, Surf camps, Aquatic Safety, & SpecialEvents for All Special Needs
  4. 4. 2011 statisticsfound Drowning tobe Leading Causeof Death in People with Autism
  5. 5. Because, Sometimes,Autism Doesn’t Speak
  6. 6. Children with autism aretypically drawn to water Without Caution orUnderstanding of Danger
  7. 7. In 2011, statisticsalso showed - 1 in 91 are being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  8. 8. To Get an Idea, It doesn’ttake long to fill up a bucket when you pick up 1 in every 91
  9. 9. With a Large Percentage of People with Autism being non verbal,without even the abilityor understanding to cry for Help, many have Drowned.
  10. 10. WHY THEY DIE?..Water is soft & exerts equal, unchanging pressureevenly across the body, thereby preventing thetrigger of painful touchissues often found with tactile and sensory dysfunction.
  11. 11. Every Contribution GetsKelsKids one Step Closer to the Goal of, “Saving &Changing Lives, One SPLASH at a Time”
  12. 12. LET’S GET THEM ALL IN THE WATER !
  13. 13. Peer Tutoring
  14. 14. STEPHEN – 21YEAR OLDASSISTANTSWIMINSTRUCTOR,HE WAS BORNWITH DOWNSSYNDROME
  15. 15. This is From Stephen I am 21 years old. I was born with Down Syndrome but I can still swim. I help some kids learn how to swim. Ihave this opportunity because KelsKidsbelieves that people like me can learnat every level. I have watched a lot of kids learn to like water like I do. Theydont want to listen or put their face in the water at first. After a while they learn. It is important to be safe near water. Love, Stephen Todd
  16. 16. Stephen Shares his passionfor the water & knowledge of swimming with friend Mika
  17. 17. Stephen’s Celebratory Sprinkler Dance
  18. 18. Pool Parties for All Shapes, Sizes and Abilities!
  19. 19. Birthday Parties Everyone Can Participate In
  20. 20. KelsKids Instructors Make Patience Look Easy
  21. 21. “Needless to say, the logistics are challenging, but Kellie made it seemeffortless, and more importantly FUN!The benefits gained from enrolling mydaughter included: physical exercise, sensory integration, bringing forth language, socialization, and mostimportantly, the ability to learn to be SAFE in the water.”
  22. 22. KelsKids Helps Add A Little MoreQuality toWhateverQuantity of LifeThey Get
  23. 23. BROTHERS
  24. 24. Every Child in this Pool has some type of diagnoseddisability, KelsKids helps to equalize them all
  25. 25. All of the children in thisvideo clip have Autism and All of them SWIM without assistance
  26. 26. With Cerebral Palsy starting lessonsin a large local hotels hot tub is just right for relaxing muscles
  27. 27. KelsKids SAY, “I WILL TRY !”
  28. 28. KelsKids Try, and TRY and TRY
  29. 29. ZAN’s LEARNING CEREBRAL PALSY JUST MEANS,….SOMETIMES, I HAVE TO WORK A LITTLE BIT HARDER
  30. 30. & THEIR HARD WORK PAYS OFF
  31. 31. KelsKids MAKE OVERCOMECHALLENGES LOOK EASY
  32. 32. Over 60 special needs children came out for aFather’s Day gift not soon forgotten- PADDLEBOARD PARTY
  33. 33. PRICELESS
  34. 34. “The director of this organization has tremendous devotion to see that our children with special needs progress with success at their individual pace. With her leadership and foresight, shebrought together committed as well ascompassionate assistants. The children and instructors were in the ocean, playing in the sand, making a craft relevant to the days events, or taking swimming lessons at an indoor pool.”
  35. 35. KelsKids Makes It Difficult to pick out who has a disability
  36. 36. NOT EVEN DEGENERATIVEMUSCULAR DISORDERS CAN DISCOURAGE KELSKIDS
  37. 37. As his daddy watched from the beach, he got to say with pride, “THAT’S MY BOY !”
  38. 38. No words Needed to Know this Kid is Proud of his accomplishment !(He’s 7yr old, non verbal with Autism
  39. 39. Reluctant and Nervous 20 year old boy with Downs Syndrome
  40. 40. With Patience andEncouragement, STANDS UP to the Challenge
  41. 41. All things are possible !
  42. 42. Fun for the whole Family
  43. 43. This child with cerebralpalsy may not be able to run and jump but he can moveindependently on the board
  44. 44. Adopted from a RussianOrphanage, has DownsSyndrome, usessign language to communicate, Now she SWIMS, laughs and plays in pool like any other kid
  45. 45. NON VERBAL PEER PRESSURE “JUMP !”
  46. 46. Every $210.00 raisedsponsors achild at the typical number oflessons for success

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