Lenny-Dolphin-webThe All-In Swim program provides lessons that teach water safety and swim skills with patience, positive reinforcement, clear goals and expectations, and rewards. All students will have a 30-minute evaluation and then be placed into one of three class options: 30 minute private lessons (extended from 15 minutes), a small group lesson with a 1:2 ratio, or integrated into a Lenny Krayzelberg Swim Academy group lesson with a 1:4 ratio. Upon class placement, our swim instructors create monthly goals for swimmers. Goals are customized based on each child’s swimming abilities and needs. These goals are communicated with each swimmers parents and/or guardian. We use a token system during each lesson as a reinforcer to help swimmers reach their monthly goals.

Lenny-Ray-webEach class incorporates creative games and play, as well as visual instruction such as picture cards. For certain sensory sensitivities, textured mats, wet suits, water toys and flotation devices may be used to maximize the experience. With seven levels of learning, students will make progress at their own pace.

 

The SwimRight™ curriculum uses the swim-float-swim technique as its foundation. This allows students to develop the water safety skills that prepare them to safely and confidently enter any body of water. These lessons teach swimmers the proper body positioning used to master the four competitive strokes.

Our swim school moves children at their own pace through seven levels of proficiency:

  • Splasher – Getting wet, assisted back float, assisted basic swimming skills
  • Floater – Independent back float, master basic skills
  • Kicker – Safety drills, kicks, deep water confidence
  • Streamliner – Body position drills, streamline rolls, diving skills, safety skill 1
  • Freestyler – Freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, starts & turns, safety skill 2
  • Glider – Freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, starts & turns, safety skill 3
  • Flyer – Freestyle, backstroke, breast stroke, butterfly, starts & turns, safety skill 4

Learning to swim is a healthy activity for kids, according to parent David Ben-Arie, because it is an exhausting, full-body workout (especially for those who are very active or energetic) that doubles as a social skill.  “It’s also a safety issue, especially when living by a lake, so for me it covers all those bases.”

“I was looking for a place where he could do private swim classes with someone who had experience teaching kids with special needs and autism, and it was really, really hard to find,” he said.   He found it at JCC Chicago.

At JCC, for students with sensory issues, extra time is taken to introduce swim caps and goggles, as well as to familiarize kids with the noises of the pool room, the feel of the water and even the reflection of lights on the ceiling.

Doubling the length of time from 15 to 30 minutes per class is crucial, especially for kids with autism who have problems with transitions. “JCC allowed us to do a half-hour class for the same price, instead of paying double, which is really important.”  He said Amadeo’s instructor, Cassaundra Dolan, understood the patience kids with autism require and was accommodating to his needs.

After nine months of swimming lessons, Ben-Arie said he can see subtle improvements in his son’s confidence around the water, such as when Amadeo cautiously ventured into the shallow side of the hotel pool.  It was the first time his son decided on his own to play in the water, a direct result of the sort of progress he’s made through the program. – Dayna Field, reporter, Chicago Tribune

Let’s Get Started

Each child’s swimming skills are evaluated prior to placement. Upon completion of an evaluation, the instructor will recommend one of the sessions listed below. Your child will be registered for one class per week unless other arrangements are made to swim more often. Complete the form below to talk to an instructor and schedule an evaluation.

 

Swim Classes Ratio Length Monthly Fee*
Group Swim Lessons 4:1 25 mins $60
Small Group Swim Lessons 2:1 25 mins $60
Private Swim Lessons 1:1 30 mins $90

* Based on one class per week; plus a one-time, $50 enrollment fee which includes swim cap and student progress book.

 

Swim Classes Ratio Length Monthly Fee*
Group Swim Lessons 4:1 25 mins $84
Small Group Swim Lessons 2:1 25 mins $84
Private Swim Lessons 1:1 30 mins $112

* Based on one class per week; plus a one-time, $50 enrollment fee which includes swim cap and student progress book.

 

Swim Classes Ratio Length Monthly Fee*
Group Swim Lessons 4:1 25 mins $60
Small Group Swim Lessons 2:1 35 mins $60
Private Swim Lessons 1:1 30 mins $90

* Based on one class per week; plus a one-time, $50 enrollment fee which includes swim cap and student progress book.

All-In-Swim Club

Begins April 15 | Nortbrook @ Bernard Weinger JCC

A swim club to help build swimming skills and technique, along with building and promoting a team environment for children with Special Abilities. This is open to any AIS student, or a Special Abilities child who would like to participant in a weekly swim club.

Learn More

Contact us to schedule an evaluation.

Please fill out the form below.

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