Applied Behavior Analysis | Exercise Science | Health and Physical Education | Kinesiology | Leisure Studies | Other Education | Other Rehabilitation and Therapy | Sports Sciences | Sports Studies


The purpose of this study was to examine the perceived impacts of recreational swimming lesson participation for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Although swimming lessons are a suitable form of physical activity for children with ASD, minimal research has examined the impacts of these lessons. The author conducted semi-structured interviews with an Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) certified therapist and a swim instructor, each with experience working with children with ASD in swimming lessons. The participants suggested that swimming lessons encouraged children with ASD to socialise. Both participants agreed that distractions in swimming lessons and barriers in communication created challenges for developing swimming skills. Finally, the participants described techniques they found appropriate for teaching children with ASD. These results aim to provide insights into the perceived impacts of recreational swimming lessons and appropriate techniques for lessons. Hopefully these insights may inspire parents/guardians of children with ASD to include swimming lessons into the routines of their children while also considering the safety risks of aquatic environments.