Turning Dominic into a Duckling - week fourteen
Read the story of toddler Dominic and now also his 5-year-old brother in their experiences of swimming lessons in a local pool
Well we now have two ducklings in the making! Both boys attend swimming lessons at the same centre but at different times. I am starting to recognise other mums that bring their children on the same days. More new friends to be made! With Elliot’s lessons I sit at the side and chat instead of getting wet so it’s nice and sociable.
Another toddler step to independence and duckling-dom.
I left Dominic at home for Elliot’s first lesson so didn’t have to entertain him for half an hour at poolside. No such luxury for future weeks. Hopefully he won’t get too annoyed that he will only be able to watch from a distance. A wide selection of cheesy and/or chocolatey comestibles will be offered - a swimming picnic to form a distraction! Another option is to take Dominic in the pool for some more practise but that would be distracting for Elliot. Such enthralling decisions the busy mum has to make every day! Never mind we are experts at multi tasking.
It was heart warming to see Elliot being part of a mainstream lesson. I was a bit surprised to see the teacher didn’t get in the pool but realised this is how they teach the older children. He had to wear a colour co-ordinated swim hat. I think he likes being treated the same as others his own age – I guess that’s what inclusion is all about. He coped really well in following the shouted instructions from the teacher. Autism often affects limb co-ordination so for him to be able to kick his legs and do actions with his arms at the same time will be a major achievement for the future.
Dominic had a good lesson this week too. He actually moved around half a width under his own steam! I was standing on the side helping pal Luke on the water slide, leaving Dominic to his own devices temporarily. Instead of shouting at me in protest Dominic happily back-pedalled around looking very pleased with himself. Apparently it’s very common to traverse backwards to start off with! Another toddler step to independence and duckling-dom.
P.S. My updates will be monthly from now on so I'll have plenty to tell you about next time!