Jr's Swim School
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N 83rd Avenue Street, Glendale
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Each lesson is custom tailored toward specific goals allowing each class to maximize the time and th
Each lesson is custom tailored toward specific goals allowing each class to maximize the time and the students potential.
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Just a reminder that mobile lessons begin May 1st!! We still have some availability for new kiddos needing water safety classes. Send us a message to get more information💙
Thank you to all of the autistic children I’ve worked with over the years for constantly reminding me, we can do anything we set our minds to!🧩
Go Logan!! The water really does work miracles💦 Logan is usually in a wheel chair and has been working very hard in therapy to become an independent walker. Because the water helps us all become weightless, it is easier for him to practice taking multiple steps in a row all by himself. It is so special being a part of these moments and watching kids gain a sense of independence in the water.🐠
For those of you who have seen the twin boys, this is their big sister, Evie. Evie has high functioning autism and couldn’t stand water touching her face when we first started lessons. Evie is also VERY motivated by toys and different water games, so we implement a lot of “First/Then” statements. First Evie does her roll overs, then she gets to play with rings. This method has made Evie VERY successful, which leads to a major confidence boost for herself! It has been so fun watching this little one learn new skills over the last year. This is the first summer that Evie will be able to go to the pool with her family and not wear a life jacket the entire time. As long as an adult is watching, Evie is free to swim like a fish all on her own!
In case you were wondering how the cutest twins in the world are doing, the answer is, AMAZING! I couldn’t resist getting a video of them both floating by themselves right next to each other😍 The boys mom and I were laughing this week looking back at her first phone call to me. They were looking to sign up for 2-3 months only. I explained that most of our kiddos with special needs require much longer than that to start floating and swimming, but we could re-evaluate at three months. A little over a year later, all three of her kids still swim with us and have made KILLER progress! Many of our families who only swim with us in the summer wonder why their kids get stuck on a certain skill for so long. This is proof that time and consistency really is key. I am so grateful to be a part of these boys progress and help them through the hurdles💙🧩
This is Alex! Alex is 16 years old and has Autism. When his dad first reached out, he informed us that even after many swim classes as a younger child, he is still unable to swim and strongly dislikes his face getting wet. Four months later with us, Alex has mastered reciprocal arm and leg movement, going under water, proper breath control, and just after today- putting his ears in the water! Today was the first day I was able to let go of Alex and send him kicking to a wall! We have been so impressed with his progress and LOVE showing parents that your child is never too old to learn how to swim. 🐠🧩
This last week we had the opportunity to train two of the master instructors over at Aqua-Tots Swim School how to teach adaptive swim. They were SO open to feedback and willing to learn, which made the training so much fun. We had 16 families participate in the training, and we can’t thank you all enough for helping us make this training the best it could be.
A special thank you to Maria, who always goes with the flow and allows everyone a chance to work with her. Maria’s PT, Leslie was kind enough to join the class as well and give us all some pointers on what Maria is working on. It takes a village, and I’m so grateful to be a part of yours, Maria 💚
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Today is National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day! Wear green for support💚💚💚💚
Summer is just around the corner! Jr’s Swim School is happy to offer mobile swim lessons May-September each year to all of our families. Access to a backyard or community pool is all that is needed, but please be sure that your pool has a shallow section for teaching purposes. We begin scheduling April 1st, and tend to have a fully booked schedule by May 15th. If you would like to be placed on our summer schedule, please send us your availability no later than April 7th via email. ([email protected]) We travel to many different sides of town, so our schedule is created based off of where there is the biggest demand on each day. We operate Monday-Saturday, so please send us your most flexible availability to guarantee a time slot. We are actively accepting families into our scholarship program, please visit our website to apply!
All of our staff have been through extensive training and hold an adaptive swim certification. We offer water safety classes and sensory classes. Please send a PM if you have any questions about our program! 🐠
Our sweet little Noah from last summer with Coach Alicia💙 This is a great starter activity for kids who are afraid to leave the step. Noah feels so proud of himself every time he stands up to put a ring on the stick, and nobody is forcing anything upon him. It’s so important to encourage children to leave the step on their own instead of always pulling them right in the pool. This allows the child to feel successful and gain some independence by making their own choices. Of course we can’t just allow kids to sit on the step for the entire class, but starting the lesson off with this activity makes for a smoother transition to the deeper end. Go Noah!!🐠
Below are our two specials for NEW and CURRENT families!
NEW FAMILIES: Have you been on the fence about starting swim lessons? Not sure if your child's needs will be met? Take advantage of this one time offer, 40% off one month of private lessons! Start the year off right by getting your child safe around the pools. Drowning is completely preventable, so register today for your child to learn a life saving skill!
CURRENT FAMILIES: Refer a new family over to us by Jan 31. They must register by the given deadline for you to receive 20% OFF of February's bill.
Ashley’s progress has been one of my favorites to watch. We started lessons back in June and have come SO far! Ashley has always loved the water, but she loved the water on her own terms where she was most comfortable, the step. Due to some sensory challenges, she also struggled with her head being submerged or even splashed. The structure of a swim lesson took a few weeks of getting used to, and then she couldn’t wait to get in the water for her classes. Ashley’s parents have been AWESOME about keeping a consistent routine without any breaks and very few absences, which plays a huge role in her progress. We have made break through’s with leaving the step independently, treading water, going under water, swimming with goggles in, back floating independently, and jumping in the pool. We are now working on jumping in and turning to a wall for safety, and popping our head up to take a breath when needed. The big yellow fish has been a huge motivator for Ashley to try her best! I am forever grateful to be a part of your swimming journey, Ashley💙🐠
These twins steal everyone’s hearts!!💙 Asher and Calvin have made so much progress since starting swim lessons, but sometimes we often forget that the little milestones are some of the most important. From the beginning, both boys were terrified of the wall. They didn’t want to hang on it, sit on it, climb on it, or even touch it. This is extremely common in individuals with ASD who struggle with proprioception. With consistency and positive reinforcement, both boys now LOVE chasing each other up and down the wall! Why is this important?? Because so many children learn to swim from a step, but don’t recognize the safety of a wall. This activity promotes independence, while building confidence to reach for a wall and climb out for safety. We are all SO proud of you, Asher and Calvin!!🐠💙
Family Fun Fair
We had so much fun at the Family Fun Fair last weekend! It was a great opportunity to spread the word about water safety awareness, and meet new kiddos!
For those of you who don’t know, Jr’s Swim School offers a partial scholarship for low income families with special needs. This is a three month long program, granting private lessons for the cost of group lessons once a week.
Dylan is one of our kids utilizing this program and he has made GREAT gains! He is three years old with autism and loves the water. His mother’s biggest concern when registering was his fear of being on his back. Dylan’s program is coming to an end, and we are so excited to say that he is officially back floating independently! Back floating can be very difficult and scary, especially for individuals with SPD and related disorders. Dylan responded exceptionally well to music on his back, as well as seeing himself in a mirror. Music is proven to unlock different brain functions, and physically seeing himself in the mirror allowed him to SEE for himself that he is okay. Way to go Dylan!!!🐠
A special thank you to Salt River Project for being one of our big contributors and helping keep this Scholarship Program sustainable.
After a full summer of swim lessons, Sofia’s mom asked for my opinion on taking down their pool fence. Sofia is five years old and can swim the entire length of the pool independently, rolling to her back for air when needed. If you watched her swim, you would never think that she would struggle getting to a wall if she ever fell in a pool.
Many accidents by the pool happen when a child is fully clothed while they are playing outdoors. We put Sofia in regular clothes and shoes and told her that after jumping in, she needs to swim to the wall for safety. You can see in the video that Sofia instantly went into distress and was unable to get her body in the proper position to swim to the wall. This is due to the weight of the clothes and shoes, as well as being panicked. Sofia’s mom gave me permission to post this video to educate parents that just because your child appears confident in the water, doesn’t mean they would respond as confidently in a scarier situation. It only takes two minutes for a child to lose consciousness while submerged under water. Adult supervision, pool barriers and swim lessons are crucial to preventing drownings!
Everyone congratulate Jack on reaching a new milestone!! Jack is 5 years old and has high functioning autism. When we started lessons in May, Jack wanted nothing to do with putting his face in the water. He also struggled with awareness for safety and when it’s appropriate to jump in a pool. In a matter of three months, Jack has overcome some of his sensory challenges in the water and LOVES swimming with his face in. Not only that, but I am now able to stand outside of the water while he jumps in and independently kicks back to the wall for safety.
Words can’t express how proud of you I am, Jack! ❤️🐠
Phoenix area swim teacher overcomes tragedy, continues helping special needs kids
Round two! A huge thank you to Channel 5 for paying it forward and helping the community do good things. We are just so grateful for everyone who has came together these last two months after the loss of our amazing instructor and co-founder, Ryan Schaefer. The amount of support we have received is overwhelming and just goes to show what an impact Ryan made on everyone❤️
azfamily.com A swim teacher is refusing to let personal tragedy get in the way of helping some special children.
Phoenix swim school teaches children with special needs a life-saving skill
A HUGE thank you to Jenn over at Channel 12 for taking the time to shoot this with us. Water safety is SO important for everyone, especially in a state like ours! A special thank you to Maria as well for always going with the flow and helping us find light throughout this tragedy our swim school has faced. ❤️
12news.com Julie Cordeiro, one of the founders of JR's Swim School, says her classes are not just swimming for fun. "It's a lifesaving skill and it's necessary for everyone to learn," she said.
Graham has been swimming with us for about 6 weeks now and has already come so far! Graham is 5 years old and has autism as well as SPD. We are currently working on water safety skills, reciprocal arm movement, and communication. Although Graham isn’t talking too much just yet, the smile on his face throughout the class says it all❤️
Thanks for letting us be a part of your swimming journey. We can’t wait to see all that you accomplish this summer!🐠
Kaelyn is working on balance and core strength. The 1/2 pound ankle weights help her to get grounded and give her a sense of gravity in the water, while the barbell helps her to balance.
What a bundle of happiness she is! There is nothing more special than being a part of our kiddos journeys in the water🐠
Many of our families are aware of the tragedy that has occurred last week in Jr's Swim School. For those of you who don't know, one of our fabulous swim instructors and my business parter passed away in a horrible car accident. Ryan Schaefer was so grateful for the time he got to spend with all of our families and spoke so highly at home of each and every one of you. We would sit at the dinner table and talk about our kids and their progress, and share ideas on how to help a child who was struggling. This swim school was more to us than a job, it was an opportunity to change lives and teach a skill that could potentially save a life one day.
I want to thank everyone who has been emailing me to check on me, along with the families who have been asking where they can donate in his memory. A little secret about Ryan, he would have been very upset for people's money to go towards his funeral costs. Ryan wanted nothing more than to watch the funds in our "Swim Scholarship Program" grow. We believed that a child's safety around water shouldn't be neglected because of financial status, so this program was very special to us. Any time Ryan had a birthday and family members asked what he wanted, he would always direct them to donate to our Scholarship Program. That is the kind of person Ryan was. Below is a link where you can donate in memory of Ryan and the great work that he did. Let's keep his legacy going on and remember him for his selfless acts.
*All donations are tax deductible, tax ID # 86-0975231.
Another successful event with our lifeguards keeping a close eye on the kids!
Thank you to all of our sponsors for supporting this year's event!
All funds raised will go to our scholarship program to help low-income families
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Back Float Tips!
This is our sweet Isabella who LOVES being on camera! Isabella is 8 years old and has down syndrome, but that doesn't stop her at all! Although she enjoys being on her front kicking around the pool, she struggles with back floating. When she is tipped onto her back, her body jumps right into a fight or flight response. This is not a sensory issue at all, as she is comfortable getting her ears, hair, and even face wet. A great tip for other kids struggling with back floats is to give them a chance to control their bodies going into the supine position. When Isabella holds onto the railing, she is in full control of her head going back and coming up. This is a great confidence building activity! The next step would be to have her lay down on her back on the top step without holding onto the railing. A sense of humor goes a LONG way- Coach Ryan tells Isabella to "wash her hair", which she loves. Kicking can also be used as a distraction, which may take her focus off of the fact that her head is going back in the water.
Thank you to Wildflower Bread Company for donating a $45 gift card for our to help raise money to prevent drownings for children with disabilities.
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Braden wanted to show off for Autism Awareness Day and float by himself! Woohoo! We are so excited and love being a part of moments like these.
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