AUSWIM is our 8 week program that is aimed at providing children access to therapy services and support in an aquatic, water-based environment.

The AUSWIM program is specifically targeted to children with a diagnosis of Autism (or seeking) who require support in water safety and awareness, gross motor skills and cardiovascular fitness. Rocky Bay uses a multi-disciplinary approach for this program, a physiotherapist will provide the majority of the support; with an occupational or speech therapist on board to support the physio in achieving the goals (resources, strategies etc).

Program Structure

The program aims to deliver 4 pool sessions and then transition with those skills to 4 beach sessions (in your local area and of course, weather dependent).

  • 1 initial consult meeting with you and your family to introduce the therapy team and to create your child’s goals for the program
  • 1 initial assessment completed by a physiotherapist and another discipline (occupational or speech therapist, depending on your child’s requirements)
  • Sessions 1 through to 4 are based in a swimming pool
  • Sessions 5 through to 8 are based at the beach, or if you and your child would prefer, can continue at the swimming pool
  • A summary report is completed by your therapy team

The program will cost between 19.75 and 22.75 therapy hours from the Capacity Building Supports budget. This will be discussed with you before starting the program, where we may recommend that your child may benefit from increased speech or occupational therapy input.

Please note that parents must attend all sessions with their child.





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