Children with autism are often drawn to water, but many find participating in swimming lessons very challenging, for many different reasons. Now, Hampton Swim School and Gateway Therapies have come together to develop a specialised program designed to help children with Autism Spectrum Disorders to take part in and really enjoy swimming lessons. Such classes have never before been offered in Brisbane, and they are sure to be extremely popular!

The Treasures ASD Swim Program is designed to help children with autism not just learn to swim, but also to enjoy the water, be safe, and enjoy the many benefits swimming has to offer.

Swim Program for Kids with ASD

About the Treasures ASD Swim Program

The program has been developed using best practice principles and utilises a multi-step approach to introducing children on the spectrum to learn to swim classes. Established by director Julia Ham from Hampton Swim School and director Nicole Grant from Gateway Therapies, the program brings together expert swim instruction with a wealth of professional experience helping children with ASD. As such, the program participants will benefit from the combined experience and expertise of the founders.

Julia’s experience includes a passion and love of swimming from a young age, all the way through to competing for Australia in major international championships. She established Hampton Swim School in 1999, and with over 15 years in operation, it is renowned for its strong focus on child development and teaching philosophies.

Nicole is an occupational therapist who recently submitted a PhD thesis focussing on helping parents of children newly diagnosed with autism to make intervention decisions. She owns and manages Gateway Therapies in Carina, which specialises in helping children with autism.

Both directors are parents themselves and are both passionate about helping families to get the most out of life.

Swim Program for Kids with ASD

About the Swim School

Hampton Swim School has three locations: Oxford Street in Bulimba, Pashen Street in Morningside and Hipwood Street in Norman Park.

At Hampton Swim School, their certified instructors are passionate about not only providing essential water safety and life skills, but ensuring positive experiences for each child. Their tailored programs are aimed at developing the ‘whole’ child, and they are nationally and internationally recognised experts in swim program and whole child development.

Swim Program for Kids with ASD

How to Enrol

Julia and Nicole are excited to announce that expressions of interest for enrolments in the Treasures Program are now being accepted.

For more information or to lodge your expression of interest, you can contact Hampton Swim School on 3399 2004.