When I applied for grants over the summer, one of the services I applied for was special needs swimming lessons for Jack. At first glance it may seem as though he would be fine in regular swim lessons, however we have tried that and let's just say it didn't go so well.
This is where the brainteaser parenting comes into play. Everything needs to be turned into an “opportunity” surrounding one of his areas of interest. Not to brag, but I’m a pro. I told him that if he didn’t learn how to go under water and speak “bubble language” that he would never be able to communicate with all of the animals in the ocean. If you recall, about a year ago he was all about whales, crabs, lobsters, hermit crabs and sharks. He asked if he would be able to say “real words” while he was under, so I demonstrated a very, umm, odd “hwelllo” in bubble talk. He seemed satisfied with this answer, but was still reluctant. His instructor also wanted him to start wearing goggles this week since he will be going under quite a bit more, and he was vehemently opposed to this. Until I told him they were fighter pilot goggles. Then he wouldn’t take them off- score!
He did an absolutely AWESOME job at his lesson! He went under, jumped in with and without pads, practiced some basic strokes and floated on his back (ok well only for a second). I had told his instructor at the beginning of his lesson about the going under water thing and the pilot goggles thing, so she was able to keep that going. At the end of the lesson she told me that Jack was making some funny sounds when he went under and was blowing bubbles. I repeated my ridiculous hello to her and said “like that??” She said, yes, exactly like that! The boy is determined to speak no matter where he is.
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