Summer Is Here: Another Reminder, Swimming Lessons Could Save Lives



Every year we hear about more and more children with autism who die from drowning.  The statistics are startling.

Children with autism are 160 times more likely to die from drowning than the general pediatric population.  

Just this month for example, a story went viral of a Topeka, Kansas police officer who saved a 4-year-old autistic boy from drowning in a pond.  The dramatic rescue was caught on his body camera.   Watch the video, which will make your heart stop, below.

So, as summer approaches, it’s worth mentioning, swimming lessons could save lives.  If you have a child on the spectrum, and you have the means to do so, it’s worth investing in some swim lessons for your child.  My family did it and it was one of the best things we ever did for our son.  And he absolutely loved it!  Thomas was always naturally drawn to the water, like many children with autism are.  Baths were actually like therapy for him.  So taking him swimming seemed like a great way to not only get him exercise but to keep him happy!  Sometimes life with a struggling autistic child can be so frustrating but seeing the smile on his face when he was in the water was so rewarding.

Children with autism are also more likely to wander off.  So equipping them with the water safety skills in the event that they wander away could be a life-saving skill.  It is money well spent.

Since Memorial Day has now passed, which means the community pools are officially open, it’s always a good reminder to think again about swimming lessons if your child or a child in your family has autism.  It’s a skill that could literally save their life.