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12 WAYS TO PREVENT, AND RESPOND TO, ASD WANDERING

6) ENROLL YOUR CHILD IN SWIMMING LESSONS

Swimming lessons for children with special needs are available at many YMCA locations.
The final lesson should be with clothes on.
REMEMBER:
::  Teaching your child how to swim DOES NOT mean your child is safe in water.
:: If you own a pool, it is imperative that you put a fence around it. Use gates that self-close and self-latch higher than your children’s reach.
:: Remove all toys or items of interest from the pool when not in use.
:: Neighbors with pools should be made aware of these safety precautions and your child’s tendency to wander.
:: To find swimming lessons in your area, vist ymca.com.
The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend swimming classes as the primary means of drowning prevention. Constant, careful supervision and barriers such as pool fencing are necessary even when children have completed swimming classes. All families are encouraged to seek training in swimming, lifesaving, first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
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