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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Spotlight on Swimming Fun for children with disabilities or special needs in Louisville

Kids love being able to splash around and get wet! Sometimes, that can be a challenge for those with physical limitations or sensory sensitivities. Did you know there are several places around Louisville that offer unique opportunities for swimming that cater to these challenges? Here are several for you to explore!

 photo HomeInnocents_zpscc61d7bf.jpgHome of the Innocents Aqua Therapy Pool
The therapy pool is fully accessible for special needs individuals, equipped with a chair and stretcher lift, ramp, exercise benches and splash area for small children. The pool is a salt water pool with UV filter and heated to 92 degrees for therapeutic benefit.

In partnership with FEAT of Louisville, Home of the Innocents is began offering private swim lessons to children with autism in January 2013. Click here for more details! They also offer parent and caregiver open swim times, and time for outside therapists who wish to use the therapy pool for their clients.

General admission is $6. Punch cards and monthly memberships are also available. You’ll need a consent form your child’s doctor before going. Here is that release: Click here to download therapy pool consent and release forms

All About Kids
 photo logo-AAK_zpsb3635709.jpgAll About Kids offers open swim sessions in their indoor, heated pool on Fridays 7-9pm, Saturdays 7-9pm and Sundays 2-4pm. The cost is $7 for members and $9 for guests.  Therapists are also encouraged to schedule private time to work with their clients as well. For more information, call 502-809-1FUN (1386).

 photo marytpool_zpsf3ffdea1.jpgMary T. Meagher Aquatic Center
The Mary T Meagher Aquatic Center has open therapy pool time as well. This would allow you to go swimming  with your child without the crowds, in a small indoor pool or work with your child’s therapist privately. Like most therapy pools, you’ll need a release signed by your child’s doctor before you go. The entrance fee is $3.50 and time is limited to one hour only. In addition, the aquatic center also collaborates with Metro Adapted Leisure for aqua exercise classes for disabled adults. They meet on 5/9, 16, 23, 30. The cost is $22 per 1 hour session from 1-2pm.

 photo Header_zps3e1cd47e.jpgSpecial Olympics
For children ages 7 and older, the Special Olympics offers training and competitive sports, including swimming in their spring session (February-June). If you are interested in any activities with Special Olympics, visit their website at: http://www.soky.org/ or contact 502-326-5002.

We’d love to know your favorite places that you take your children who are disabled or have special needs so we can share with other fabuLOUs families! 

By guest contributor: Jennifer


ruthsworld said...

(Louisville area) My son is just getting out of a cast and has been encouraged to swim to build back his muscles. He is still learning to swim so we need a 3-foot pool depth so he can stand on the bottom. Do you know of any pools where we can pay for a few general swim admissions that has this depth? Thanks! : )

Louisville Family Fun said...

Do you have a Y membership? The Norton Commons Y has a great shallow end that gradually gets deeper.

For outdoors, Try these, I believe they have shallow ends or areas for kids and I belive they have day access: