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Occupational Therapy: Fun and Games (Part 3)

The Benefits of Fun and Games When you sign up your child for swim lessons or attend a swim lesson of your own, you may expect to continually be swimming and working on your strokes. It is easy to get upset when you see your child playing around with a ball under the water or...
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Occupational Therapy: The Basics (Part 2)

Occupational Therapy: The Basics Before we start something new we tend to picture what it will be like. Will it be easy? Will it come naturally? Will it be difficult or painful? Will I enjoy it? Will it benefit my life? We tend to hope for the best, setting high expectations on...
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Occupational Therapy and Swimming: Part 1

(We’d love for you to meet Mariah; we are so happy and blessed to have her at One with the Water!) Hello, my name is Mariah Anderson, and I am an occupational therapy student at Creighton University in Nebraska. I will graduate from the program this May, 2017, with a...

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,...

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...
Kenny Swimming

Kenny Meets a Boy Who Loves Bubbles

As I was swimming along one day, I discovered a little boy sitting with his mother on a dock. He was sitting blowing bubbles. I like bubbles, though I must say that when I blow bubbles I do so from under the water. I swam over for a closer look. “Oh look darling! It’s a little...