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/
Georgia Community Support Solutions: http://www.gacommunity.org/
All About Developmental Disabilities: http://aadd.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.
Why Neverland Adaptive Aquatics?
People with disabilities are naturally drawn to water but lack the sufficient skills to play safely while others have developed deep fears of the water and revert to a panic mode when faced with an uncomfortable situation. Regardless of your student’s situation accidents happen every day and our main job is to prepare your child for this unexpected event.
Consistency is key! If parents can commit to 2-3 lessons per week, their student will be on a much more accelerated track. Like with anything else in life, the more often our students come to us the higher the retention rate. Our instructors also have the knowledge, training, and expertise to work with your individual students, so our lesson results are maximized. With consistency and our trained instructors, most students can learn to swim in a few short weeks or months!
All of our instructors are Red Cross WSI, CPR, and First Aid certified and we have been working with students with disabilities for many years in the educational setting. We are a knowledgeable staff using researched based methods to help your child become a successful swimmer just like their typical peers. We believe ALL of our students have the ability to swim and will continue to hold a high standard for each one of them. They deserve it!
EVERYONE deserve the lifetime gift of swimming!
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 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?
We accept cash, check and credit cards. Create an account with us and pay on-line by following this link: https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws?studioid=262637&stype=45
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 severe 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!