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Surprising New Research: Autism and Swimming

Recent studies have provided startling and potentially worrisome news about Autism and injury mortality rates – scientific jargon for causes of death among people with an Autism Spectrum Diagnosis (ASD). Swimming lessons are vital to protect the life of a child with ASD....

Swimming and Sensory Input

Sensory Integration: We All Have Our Limits In California, there are endless activities to do. Universal Studios Hollywood, Six Flags Magic Mountain, SeaWorld San Diego, the San Diego Zoo, Knott’s Berry Farm, LEGOLAND, and of course, Disneyland. You may be thinking,...

Autism Spectrum and Communication Solutions for Children

As parents, teachers, and coaches, perhaps our biggest job is learning how to communicate with our children. It may seem simple – but with four kiddos at our house, it is anything but. See, our four have BIG emotions. And they all speak a different nonverbal language. It is has...
Effective Praise

Effective Praise: What it is, how we do it.

As parents, teachers, and coaches, we instinctively want to praise our little ones when they perform well. But what if, despite our best intentions, we are doing the right thing the wrong way? Following in the footsteps of their mothers, parenting and education experts Joanna...
swimming safety

Four Swimming Safety Myths Debunked

My grandma Betty ruled the roost with an iron fist. Only 30 minutes of TV time. Only one person at a time opens Christmas presents. Come when the dinner bell rings. And, never, EVER go swimming right after you eat. (Difficult because she lived in Florida for as long I knew her,...

Athletes. Swimmers. Champions.

Have you ever wondered how people see you? Maybe better than you see yourself? Maybe worse? Have you ever been thankful for the days when good hair, bright lipstick, or new clothes could hide the battles you fight? What if you knew what people saw – a wheelchair, or a tic,...

Accidental Drowning is Preventable With Swimming Lessons

My mother put me in the water before I was six months old. We have pictures of it, sepia-toned snapshots of my mother in all her feather-haired glory holding me out so I could kick my legs. I was jumping off the diving board by age two, much to the chagrin of the parents around...

Benefits of Swimming, Four Ways to Swim for Your Life

We are one month into 2017, and it’s been a wild ride so far. Let’s do a quick check in on our New Year’s resolutions. (Everybody knows what the gym looks like on January 2!) Except – I don’t DO New Year’s resolutions. I have a widely shared tendency not to keep them. What...