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Water safety training essential for individuals with autism

June 22, 2015

Swimming is a valuable tool for those in our community. In Utah, a local organization called Swim Kids is teaching life-saving swimming lessons to kids on the spectrum, KSL Utah reported.

"We have to overcome the panic, the fear, and all those things that would keep them from being safe in the water," said Kara Lyon, a lifelong swimmer and lifeguard who teaches swim lessons at Swim Kids.

"I have to find what works for each kid that brings their body sort of back into a calm state so that then I can teach them and be more effective in helping them learn," Lyon said.

The Autism Speaks Swimming and Water Safety Scholarship Fund selects eligible organizations and programs to identify qualified financially disadvantaged individuals with autism and offer scholarship funds for swimming and water safety lessons. You can learn more about how to apply for the program here.

Check out the swimming programs recipients that have been funded in your area here.

You can read more about this story at KSL Utah here.