Not even four years old yet and we took the life vest off him last week. He can tread water and doggie paddle a little, but he’s really starting to become an excellent swimmer!
I’ve read multiple times that I need to find his interests and really play to them, cater to them, and use them to make him want to come “into our world”. We’ve already got visions dancing in our heads of the next Michael Phelps, but for now we can get him into a few classes. Cos this kid LOVES to swim, and loves to stick his head underwater in a way I’ve never seen anyone else love so much.
Best of all, he looks PROUD of himself when he swims! He looks at us and smiles and… almost puts himself up for “exhibition”. This can only be considered progress. I’ve talked about it before, that Dmitry has very good coordination and muscle tone for an autistic child, and I’m very eager and relieved to see it paying dividends.
I’ll try to get some pictures or video up soon, because it’s really quite amazing. We’re planning on starting “water therapy” soon, since he loves it so thoroughly.
In spite of the excitement, we’re still going to keep him in a life vest most of the time around the pool. He’s utterly fearless and will gladly plunge into the deep end by himself. But developing this swimming skill will help give us peace of mind. Accidental drowning accounts for 91% of all elopement deaths.