Swimming is good for all children, but came particularly recommended by our physiotherapist for developing strength and posture.We had hoped to take Ronan swimming from six weeks old, but the multiple surgeries he had made this not possible. We started taking Ronan to the pool around 16 months. He loved jumping up and down and playing row row row your boat. We did not do much more than that.
In September, we started proper swimming lessons. Niki was taught the swim position and from there things moved quickly. They practiced jumping into the pool and swimming around to hold onto the wall, creeping down the wall, swimming across the pool, chasing plastic fishies, and so on.
We were concerned about how Ronan would learn with these things and cope with being submerged into the water. We were quite amazed to see that he quite happily did all that was asked of him. The different holds and the verbal instructions provided gave him enough clues as to what to do.
In the first lesson, Ronan did not have enough strength to hold his head up out of the water. Within a few weeks, he could keep his head out of the water for the whole lesson. His posture is improving rapidly now.
We’ve recently learned about Level Water, a programme to get disabled kids swimming. And its free! We’ll be signing Ronan up to this when he is a bit older.