Swimming and autism: increasing awareness around meltdowns

Part of the Kinderling Conversation for parents. Weekdays 12pm-1pm.

Fri 27 October 2017

14 mins

Last week a teenage boy with an intellectual diability died after an incident at a public pool in Newcastle.

A plethora of research has shown that swimming helps those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their sensory challenges. However, meltdowns and outburst behaviours can occur with the sensory overload of busy public places.

Erika Gleeson is an autism and behaviour specialist from Autism Swim. She recognises that these sorts of outbursts can be confronting for everyone. There are certain ways to deal with these, and she explains how some types of behaviours from those on the spectrum, or who are cognitively impaired, don’t always mean what we think. 

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