Drowning is among the leading cause of death for children with autism. In 2008, Danish researchers found that the mortality risk among the autism population is twice as high as the general population. They are stereotypically terrified of the water or fearless...rarely is there an in between. The Center for Pediatric Therapies offers pool therapy to patients in Danville, Lynchburg and Martinsville. Building Blocks Center for Children with Autism, our private day school, also uses the pool in Danville to offer swimming lessons for our students. Lorrie Laming, a Behavior Technician at Building Blocks, is also a certified lifeguard. Lorrie is a fantastic motivator for students who are apprehensive about getting in the water. Having a lifeguard who also has the behavior (ABA) training like Lorrie is essential to the swim program at Building Blocks. POOL THERAPY A Fun & Active Way To Reduce Pain!
Benefits of pool therapy: • Teaches water safety and breathing skills • Helps improve balance, posture, and coordination • Improves the child’s social skills • Helps with cognitive improvements • Can be used as relaxation therapy • Vital in specific students’ sensory integration programs
Photos of Lorrie Laming and student CJ
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“ We’ve been coming to CPT for years now, and they are fantastic. Their therapists do so well with the kids, and they genuinely just want to help. ” - Mandy M.
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