Does Neverland accept insurance?
Unfortunately, Neverland is not able to accept insurance at this time. We are, however, able to accept funding from the following organizations:
Avita Community Partners: http://www.gamtns.org/
Bobby Dodd Institute: http://bobbydodd.org/
Easter Seals: http://www.easterseals.com/
NOW and COMP Waivers: https://dbhdd.georgia.gov/waiver-applications
What is Survival Swimming?
Depending on your instructor and your student, this may be the initial phase of your swimming journey. The foundational skill we often teach students with little to no swimming skills is survival. This can take many forms such as rolling into a float, swimming to the edge of the pool to climb out, or treading water. This is the most valuable lifesaving component of our program. Accidental drowning is a leading cause of death for children with Autism and other developmental disabilities. Many children and adults with Autism love the water and can have a false confidence when it comes to their swimming abilities. They may love putting their face in the water and playing, but what happens when they find themselves in water over their head? Teaching our students how to safely and confidently navigate the water is what can save them if they are ever caught in an unexpected situation.
Are their other benefits to learning to swim other than survival?
Definitely! The unique buoyancy and resistance of water allows for so many added benefits for your child. Some benefits you may see both in the water and on land are:
- increased muscle tone
- increased strength and coordination
- improved motor planning
- improved self-regulation
- decrease in hyperactivity
- improved focus
- increase in independence
- increase in confidence and self-esteem
- improved social and communication skills
What if my child is already a skilled swimmer? Do you offer stroke instruction?
Absolutely! If your child is already able to float and swim independently, they can choose to improve their stroke in a private class or move right into one of our group swim team classes. If you feel your child might be in this category, let us know and we will set up a free evaluation of your child’s current skills to determine the best placement for them in our programs.
How do I pay for lessons?
If you are using funding to pay for your lessons, you will receive a monthly invoice on the 5th of the month following services to turn into your funding organization to reimburse us directly.
If you are paying for your lessons out of pocket, you will receive a monthly statement of charges and your credit card on file will be charged this amount on the 5th of each month following services.
What is the Parent’s Role?
Some instructors may ask parents to come in the water with their student depending on the age or special circumstances, but this is generally not required. Parents are welcome to get in the water with their child during the first few lessons to help with stranger anxiety and assist in building a trusting relationship with the instructor, but this is also not required. Parents are responsible for notifying the instructor of any pre-existing conditions such as ear tubes, chronic ear infections, respiratory conditions, heart conditions, seizures, or anything else that may affect your child while learning how to swim.
Some instructors may ask that you terminate the use of flotation devices (including arm bands, noodles, Puddlejumpers, bathing suits with foam inserts, lifejackets, and even pool noodles depending on how your student is using them) during everyday recreational swimming if they are inhibiting the student’s swim progress. Even if your instructor asks you to do this please ALWAYS wear a life jacket where it is required by law such as on a boat or in the lake. The reason instructors may ask you to stop using flotation is it can teach your child to swim and bicycle kick with their body in a vertical position. We will be working to teach your child to swim horizontally in the water with a flutter kick. Students who use flotation improperly while learning to swim, often have a difficult time breaking this habit of vertical positioning in the water. This makes our lessons counterproductive and in turn wastes your time and money. Constant use of flotation devices can also give students a false sense or security in the water. These students can be very dangerous in and around the water as they do not understand they cannot swim without their flotation device on. This can be a little bit of an inconvenience while your child is first learning to swim, but the payoff at the end is completely worth it! Ask your instructor if you have additional questions.
Who can participate in the Neverland Adaptive Aquatics Program?
We can teach just about anyone to swim. From low to high functioning, verbal to non-verbal, we are prepared to work with just about any student with a disability. If your child has a rare condition or extra special circumstance we may not be familiar with, we are always willing to learn more! No one will be turned away! Children with Autism, Asperger’s, PDD, Sensory Processing Disorders, Intellectual Disabilities, Down Syndrome, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Behavior Disorders, Developmental Delays, Hypotonia, and Cerebral Palsy are all included.
How To Enroll
- Click here for our on-line enrollment form to set up your FREE evaluation!