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Swim Lessons & Water Safety

Behavioral Progression offers a Safe and Sound Swimmers program to promote water safety and lasting change in swimming skills based on the science of ABA and learn-to-swim methods. Swim lessons are individualized for each child and positive reinforcement is used to encourage swimming success.  

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Service/Program Description

Behavioral Progression’s Safe and Sound Swimmers is a program to promote water safety and lasting change in swimming skills based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) techniques with learn-to-swim methods. We allow the child to learn at their own pace which increases comfort and confidence in their swimming abilities! Our instructors make every effort to build a stress-free, fun learning environment, with individualization and positive reinforcement in order to encourage swimming success. Safe and Sound Swimmers is a program that can be implemented with children as young as 2 years old with and without special needs. 


Did You Know?

  • Drowning remains a leading cause of death for children with autism and accounts for approximately 90% of deaths associated with elopement for children 14 and younger (Autism Speaks, 2020). 

  • In 2013, Florida had the highest unintentional drowning rate in the nation for children ages 1-4 and the second highest drowning rate in the nation for children ages 1-14 (Florida Department of Health, 2019). 

  • Drowning can be silent and quick, and it kills nearly 1,000 children every year (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2019). 

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend swim lessons for all children and their parents, as another layer of water safety. 

  • Recent studies suggest that water survival skills training and swim lessons can help reduce the risk of drowning for all children, including those between 1-4 years old (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2019). 

Florida Department of Health (2019, March 22). Drowning Prevention. 

1 American Academy of Pediatrics (2019, March 15). Drowning Prevention for Curious Toddlers: What Parents Need to Know. 

2 American Academy of Pediatrics (2019, March 15). AAP Updates Recommendations to Prevent Drowning in Children. 

3 American Academy of Pediatrics (2019, March 15). Some kids have higher drowning risk: Swim lessons add a layer of protection for all. 

Autism Speaks (2020). Autism Statistics and Facts . 

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Service Options:


Water safety and swim lessons will be provided on a 1:1 basis. Each swim lesson will be 15 minutes in duration. Participants will be offered 4 lessons per week. Lessons will be provided in 6-week cycles. Lessons are provided by Behavioral Progression’s therapists and behavior analysts that have received training and certifications in water safety instruction through the Red Cross and Adaptive Aquatics through the Dan Marino Foundation/Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. 


Florida: Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, and Polk County 

Ohio: Cuyahoga County 

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Funding for Safe and Sound Swimmers is provided by the individual seeking swim lessons (private pay).  

*Insurance billing may be considered when a client is receiving ABA services through Behavioral Progression and has a severe deficit in water safety skills impeding their ability to remain safe in, near, and around bodies of water and engages in problem behavior which increases this safety concern. 

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