"Building Your Special Needs Team" by Tara Girch- Adapted Aquatics Conference 2012

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"Building Your Special Needs Team" by Tara Girch- Adapted Aquatics Conference 2012

  1. 1. Building your Special Needs Team Presented By Tara Girch MarTar Swimming LLC Proprietary information. 1
  2. 2. My qualifications…..• Undergrad in Adaptive Physical Education• Masters in Special Education• Certifications include WSI, Ellis and Associates, YMCA, USSSA, ISIA• Over 30 years of swim lesson experience• Over 20 years of Adaptive Aquatics experience• Presneter, Safer 3 message• Humanitarian Award, 2011• Leadership in Business Award, 2011 MarTar Swimming LLC Proprietary information. 2
  3. 3. Building Your Team MarTar Swimming LLC Proprietary information. 3
  4. 4. What Do We Look For?• First Aid /CPR• Lifeguard• Adaptive Aquatics• Background in Special Education• Experience with children MarTar Swimming LLC Proprietary information. 4
  5. 5. Training Checklist• Learn the Disabilities• 40 hours training• Communicating with Parents• Tools of the Lesson MarTar Swimming LLC Proprietary information. 5
  6. 6. Special Needs/Disabilities We Teach• Autism• Downs Syndrome• Cerebral Palsy• Visual/Auditory Impairment• Mental Retardation• Seizure Disorder• Health Impairments• Multiple Disabilities• Siblings 6
  7. 7. Dana, flapping 7
  8. 8. Repetition is key 8
  9. 9. Downs Syndrome MarTar Swimming LLC Proprietary information. 9
  10. 10. Cerebral Palsy 10
  11. 11. Visual Impairment MarTar Swimming LLC Proprietary information. 11
  12. 12. Seizure Disorder MarTar Swimming LLC Proprietary information. 12
  13. 13. Multiply Disabled 13
  14. 14. Siblings: one typical and one with special needs 14
  15. 15. 40 Hours Training• 20 hours volunteer: shadowing• 20 hours paid: student teaching• Adaptive Aquatics course• Complete Instructor Test MarTar Swimming LLC Proprietary information. 15
  16. 16. Communicating with Parents• No sympathy or pity• Learn about the family• Be firm- here to learn firm-• Ask about “idiosyncrasies” of the child MarTar Swimming LLC Proprietary information. 16
  17. 17. Tools of the Lesson• Barbells• Kickboards• Fins• Ring• Ducks• Goggles• Mirror MarTar Swimming LLC Proprietary information. 17
  18. 18. Adaptations and modifications• Earning boards• Picture Cards• Schedule• Workout Plan• Social Story• Sign Language• Creative devices MarTar Swimming LLC Proprietary information. 18
  19. 19. Earning Boards MarTar Swimming LLC Proprietary information. 19
  20. 20. Picture Cards MarTar Swimming LLC Proprietary information. 20
  21. 21. Visual impairment adaptation 21
  22. 22. Schedule MarTar Swimming LLC Proprietary information. 22
  23. 23. Social Story MarTar Swimming LLC Proprietary information. 23
  24. 24. Accessibility 24
  25. 25. Get to know the students abilities MarTar Swimming LLC Proprietary information. 25
  26. 26. Connor 26
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  29. 29. Fiona 29
  30. 30. Patience, understanding and determination!! 30
  31. 31. Communicate with The Aides and Caretakers MarTar Swimming LLC Proprietary information. 31
  32. 32. Lesson Consistency and Structure• Same Instructor• Same Lesson• Same Space MarTar Swimming LLC Proprietary information. 32
  33. 33. Professionalism• With Your Students• With Your Families• With Your Team MarTar Swimming LLC Proprietary information. 33
  34. 34. With your Students 34
  35. 35. With Your Families MarTar Swimming LLC Proprietary information. 35
  36. 36. With your Team: MarTar Swimming LLC Proprietary information. 36
  37. 37. The Lucky Duck Foundation, Inc. 37
  38. 38. Camps 38
  39. 39. MarTar Swimming LLC Proprietary 39information.
  40. 40. Surfers Healing Ocean City, MD MarTar Swimming LLC Proprietary 40 information.
  41. 41. MarTar Swimming LLC Proprietary information. 41
  42. 42. Folly Beach, 2011 42
  43. 43. Autism Society, Special Olympics Walk,Honestly Autism Day and more MarTar Swimming LLC Proprietary information. 43
  44. 44. MarTar School became the pilotprogram for Howard CountySpecial Olympics “begin to Swim”in 2010, this is our 3rd year…wehave 30 participants
  45. 45. Funding Agencies-MarylandAbilities Network - (410) 828-7700Alliance - (410) 282-5900Arc of Howard County - (410) 730-0638Arc of Baltimore - (410) 296-2272Athelas - (410) 964-1241Bello Machre - (410) 255-3805Chimes - (410) 585-2065Creative Options - (410) 780-4095Humanim - (410) 381-7171Self Pride - (410) 752-2575United Cerebral Palsy - (410) 744-3151 MarTar Swimming LLC Proprietary information. 45
  46. 46. Guidelines subject to your individual School MarTar Swimming LLC Proprietary information. 46

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