Special Needs

The instructors at Patti’s Swim School are specifically trained to teach children with learning differences and special abilities.

Our program takes the curriculum that we use for all children and adults and customizes it to the need of the learner. The goal of this program is pool and open water safety. Each lesson is designed to meet the emotional and developmental ability of the learner and to help the learner become physically active, build confidence and learn a lifesaving skill.

We have the same expectations for children of special abilities that we have for all children. We teach using total physical response and limit auditory instruction so that our students are learning through movement.

Creating an effective swimming program for kids with special needs takes a patient understanding of each swimming student as well as a well-thought-out plan. We know that the below stated are critical for teaching individuals with special abilities:

Teaching kids with special needs to swim is not only a good idea, it’s essential.

Our Swim School in Castro Valley, California offers personal and customized swimming lessons across Castro Valley, Oakland, Dublin, San Ramon, Pleasanton, Orinda, Moraga, Lafayette, and the surrounding areas.