Swimming and water play is so therapeutic. The sensory input, cause and effect, hand and eye coordination and the calming experience water provides will enrich your child like no other!
CEREBRAL PALSY FLOAT SUIT
A success story from boutique Brisbane company, Theraquatics, the CP Float Suit provides great outcomes for children with severe physical and neurological disabilities, enabling them to enjoy the water. The comment most reported by parents is the feeling of independence children have when they discover they cannot only float by themselves, but they can actually move around the pool at will! The CP Float Suit is comfortable to wear and has an adjustable belt around the waist with a quick release buckle. It will also grow with your swimmer.
RRP $409.95 www.theraquatics.com.au
SAND AND WATER TABLE
Ideal for school or for use in the home, this Wooden Sand and Water Table is great for little explorers to experience different textures in a creative and fun way helping sensory development in little hands and fingers.
RRP $432.97 www.teaching.com.au
We know not everyone lives by a beach in Australia, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make colourful and creative sandcastles! Kinetic Sand is a great way to explore textures, sensory elements and creativity from your very own backyard.
RRP $20.00 www.kmart.com.au
This Swim Bar is an essential learn to swim tool and is ideal for a swimmer who finds a kickboard challenging to hold onto and control. It isolates the kicking action if floating on front or back or alternatively it helps the swimmer to concentrate on combining the twin activities of breathing and kicking while eliminating arm movement. Being pulled through the water or gliding through the water while hanging onto a Swim Bar also provides vestibular stimulation.
RRP $23.20 www.theraquatics.com.au
The AquaPlane, designed in the UK, has been successfully trialled as a swim device to help children develop confidence and skills in the water, by selected Autism Swim instructors in Australia. Endorsed by Olympic and Commonwealth medalist swimmers, it enables movement of arms and correct positioning for breathing.
Head to aqua-plane.co.uk and www.facebook.com/aquaplane2015 for more info.
These swimming vests are a great way to support your budding little swimmer as they gain their confidence in and around the water. Puddle Jumpers fit like a t-shirt over the head whilst supporting arms and body into an upright position. With a variety of character styles the Coleman Puddle Jumper is available from a variety of major retailers including Big W and BCF!
We are loving the size of this great big ‘water hammock’ from Temple & Webster! If you can relax on it, then that’s a bonus, but we think the kids will have too much fun playing on it!
RRP $32.95 www.templeandwebster.com.au
RECYCLED BEACH MATS
Recycled Beach Mats are not only durable and UV protected, but are ideal for families who need a bit of extra strength on their outings! Made with recycled plastics, these are ideal for the beach – with no more sandy towels to deal with – we think you will love this summer alternative!
RRP $169.95 www.recycledmats.com.au
A terrific backyard addition guaranteed to keep the kids entertained with the cause and effect sequence of this magical Water Wall!
RRP $432.97 www.teaching.com.au
AQUAFIT SQUARE FLOAT WITH SEAT
A very popular float used by children and adults, the Aquafit Square Float is a super floatation device for swimmers with poor arm and leg control. A secure, stable and adjustable seat attaches to the float and the sling allows for vertical and forward positioning. The float also allows the swimmer to rest back into it, so they can kick and splash freely while supported in comfort.
RRP $136.99 www.theraquatics.com.au