Types of swim lessons

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Types of swim lessons

Many parents would like to know the benefits of both private and group lessons. There are actually benefits to both. If your child has limited exposure to the water, or has developed fear or negative reactions to the water, a private,, one-on-one lesson is best, just for a short time, especially if you can't afford private lessons long term. Group lessons are also beneficial because children often do well with modeling, especially modeling other children. So you could mix a group of children, where one is proficient at a skill and another child may need a little bit of help getting started. They can play off of each other's energy. If you are teaching infants, the class size should be three or less, and with parents in the water. A loud, noisy pool with many parents and children in the water can be distracting for a child. If either lessons are subversive for your child, you need to assess the situation. There may be something you can do to in the bath, to prepare your child for formal swim lessons.

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Nicole Hill, MA

Behaviorist & Swim Instructor

Nicole Hill, Director of Autism Services and CEO of Brightwork ABA Therapy is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).  Nicole has been working in the field of ABA since 2005.  She has a Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis, a BA in Speech Communication, and a minor in Spanish.

Nicole has a broad range of experience stemming from working with children from birth through high school in a variety of capacities for over 15 years.  Nicole specializes in working with young children on the autism spectrum and their families, with particular focus on  early intervention including FBA’s, BIP’s, verbal behavior, DTT, natural environment teaching, play skills, social skills, and parent training. 

Nicole originally began her work with special needs children in 1998 as a swim instructor for children who found learning to swim especially challenging.  With this experience, Nicole founded SwimFit Babies & Kids (swimfit.org), a program that uses techniques founded in ABA to teach swim techniques. 

She is an active member of Applied Behavior Analysis, International (ABAI) as well as California Association for Applied Behavior Analysis (CalABA).

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