The Jewish Community Centers of Chicago recently launched All-in Swim, a new aquatics inclusion program designed specifically to meet the needs of children and adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
JCC Chicago is known as one of the most successful swim instruction programs in Chicago through its Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy, but employees noticed a gap in water safety and programs available to the autism community.
For children with ASD, swimming and water exercise therapy promotes health while minimizing behaviors that interfere with learning.
All-in Swim lessons are done with positive reinforcement, clear goals and expectations, plus rewards. Each student has a 30-minute evaluation and is placed into one of three class option: 30-minute private lessons, a small group lesson with a one-to-two ratio, or integrated into the swim academy group lessons with a one-to-four ratio.
For more information, visit gojcc.org.