It is truly important to Brian and me at SafeSplash-Austin that we can help EVERYONE learn how to swim, regardless of their fears or challenges. Autism is a complicated and often misunderstood disease that can isolate children and keep them from taking part in activities that many of us take for granted. Every child on this planet is unique and has their own strengths and weaknesses. The same is so for children with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). While their condition may make it a bit more difficult to discover what makes them tick, that extra investment of time and patience is well worth the effort.
So you’ve signed your children up for swim lessons and established a routine. It goes something like this: school pick up, straight to lessons, change into bathing suits, healthy snack, bathroom break, and then into the pool. With kids away, you have an entire 30 minutes to yourself. Now what?
I don’t always know what to blog about. Yesterday one of my moms asked me to write about stress during the Holidays. I told her I didn’t know what she was talking about! What stress? . . . And then a memory of the night before flashed back to my mind; right there and then, I had to dig deep, but the more I thought about stress, the more I remembered. I let go of my facade . . . only briefly mind you, to let in a distant memory of stress. Shortly thereafter I put myself right back together, somewhat forcing the image of having it ALL together! So, I will try to tell you about my brief and unbelievably rare memory of stress.
Easy right?! Thirty minutes of un-interrupted screen time.
Both of my parent have Alzheimer’s . . . that is correct, BOTH. I often have to make that distinction twice when announcing this during a conversation. Yep, it is a huge bummer. And a journey I have never wanted to take nor do I want anyone else to have to experience. Where do I begin. First, they both present their symptoms in very different ways.