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Presented by: Cindy Freedman, MOTR, CTRS
originally recorded June 23, 2016

Webinars are video presentations and include the recorded PowerPoint and lecture and a .pdf copy of the PowerPoint notes.

Description: Drowning is the leading cause of death for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Sensory processing and praxis difficulties contribute to decreased water safety in children with sensory processing problems. This webinar will address the relationship between swimming, water safety and sensory processing difficulties and share intervention strategies for the Swim Whisperers and Adapted Swim Angels programs. Information will be provided to help parents and therapists increase pool safety, improve success with swim strokes, and overcome the 14 most commonly seen roadblocks to swimming.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this webinar viewers will be able to:

  1. Identify the 14 roadblocks to swimming represented by Swim Whisperers.
  2. Describe 3 ways that sensory processing and praxis difficulties can interfere with a child’s success in swimming.
  3. Describe 3 strategies that parents and therapists can use to promote pool safety and swimming success.

Course Level: Intermediate. There are no prerequisites for this course.

Suitable For: Occupational therapists, OT assistants, physical therapists, PT assistants

Domain: Performance Skills
Process: Intervention

Contact Hours: This course is worth 1.5 contact hours or .15 AOTA CEUs.

Completion Requirements: To receive contact hours for this course you must listen to the recorded webinar in its entirety and complete the accompanying assessment.

About the Speaker: Cindy Freedman – co founder of Swim Angelfish. Cindy has a BS in Recreational therapy and  a Masters in Occupational therapy.  She works with her co-founder Ailene Tisser PT to develop and train instructors to work as therapists and swim instructors for people of all abilities.  Since 2000 they have presented around the USA and Austrailia.  Cindy works as a swim instructor using the Swim Whisperer and Adapted Swim Angels methodology in greater Boston and Southern NH and as a therapist in CT, NY and MA.  Swim Angelfish has 18 locations in 4 states and proudly certifies swim instructors in special needs swimming with the methodology created jointly by Cindy and Ailene.

 ADA/Section 504: If you require special accommodations, please contact the Spiral Foundation at or (617) 969 – 4410 ext. 231.

Continuing Education:


Occupational Therapy Practitioners/ Occupational Therapy Assistants:  The Spiral Foundation is an Approved Provider of Continuing Education for occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants by the American Occupational Therapy Association.  The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.


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