Importance of teaching kids how to float in water

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Importance of teaching kids how to float in water

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All children need to learn how to float. Many people associate swimming with the doggy paddle. However, what people don't realize is how hard this skill is for children to learn. If you've ever tried treading water with a brick over your head, you'll know exactly what I mean. Children's heads are large and heavy and weigh them down. So instead, children should be taught to front float and turn over on to their back to breathe in a back float. This does not only conserve energy, but is an important step in self-rescue.

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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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