Every Wednesday we go into the Hydrotherapy Pool in two groups. We follow The Hadrian School Halliwick Approach where the children are taught on a 1:1 ratio of swimmer to instructor until independence is achieved.
The main points of the philosophy are:
To teach “water happiness”
To use trained instructors rather than floatation aids
To teach slowly, at a pace appropriate for each child
To emphasise ability not disability
To emphasise enjoyment so most activities are put into a game.
To think positively – everyone is a swimmer
We usually sing a song to begin the session where we see who is the pool today. We then work 1:1 with our instructor before having our own time to explore different toys and games which support learning. We often join together for favourite songs which support the different skills we are learning. We then end the session with a goodbye song.
We love our sessions and we are seeing so much progress over the weeks.