synchronized swimming for special needs youth

When I was probably around nine I decided I wanted to join my local synchronized swimming program. At the time, I couldn’t stand up independently (and still can’t without some form of assistance) let alone swim, the one thing I had going for me was the fact that I really did enjoy the water and was not fearful of it in any way.

The local synchronized swimming club decided to open a special needs division, needless to say I jumped at the idea. Close to the first session if not the first session my mom came to pick me up, and found me swimming the full length of the pool. Sure, I was using empty milk jugs as floatation devices, and yes, in case you’re wondering that does work. So after a couple of years involved in synchronized swimming I feel I am a pretty confident swimmer.

If you have a disability were you ever taught how to swim?

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Laura Forde founded her blog through my eyes: my life with cerebral palsy in December 2009 out of a great need she had, realizing that there was a vast gap in firsthand accounts of what life was like living with Cerebral Palsy: she knew then that the only way to see this reflected online was to create the change herself and thus this blog was born Laura was born four months premature, weighing a mere one pound three ounces and given ten percent odds for survival. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. After graduating from college, she continued writing and doing what she loves to do most; speaking to groups about her life experiences and sharing what she has learned from her journey. Her blog lifeofthedifferentlyabled was created after discovering that the online community lacked the voice of people in her situation. In its first year, the site saw over 20,000 hits from all over the world. Her readers are from all walks of life; some with disabilities, parents of children, professionals, and others who seek to gain a better understanding of the world of the differently abled. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook
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2 Responses to synchronized swimming for special needs youth

  1. Not only was I taught to swim but I underwent aquatic therapy after my surgery at 14 years old. Water holds a lot of benefits for those with cerebral palsy.

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