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Bundle Six (Building Rapport, Sensory Needs & Communication)

This training module is part of the comprehensive suite of training and certification offered by the global leaders in inclusive aquatics, Autism Swim.

Autism Swim (AS) provides a range of professional development services for aquatic professionals working with Neurodiverse participants in and around the water. Autism Swim and STA have partnered to offer introductory training modules for those not quite ready to undertake the full training and certification. For more information on certification, please visit the website.

CPD Value
½ point per module
Validity of Programme
Three years.
Length of Programme
Approximately 1 hour 10 minutes

In this training package, we cover three individual training modules – Building Rapport, Sensory Needs and Communication.

Building rapport is a vital part of engaging with your participant and helping them achieve their aquatic goals. In the Building Rapport training module, we break down the process of getting to know your neurodiverse participants in more detail, and look at ways to engage with them, to help them achieve their aquatic goals.

In the Communication training module we talk through different ways of communicating with your participants, and help you develop an understanding of how to most effectively communicate with them.

In Sensory Needs we talk through the ways in which different sensory needs will impact how your participant is feeling, and their ability to learn. It is therefore imperative that you feel confident in your knowledge of what sensory needs might exist and what strategies can be employed to help support these.

By the end of the Building Rapport module, providers will be able to:

  1. Consider individual interests and goals when planning aquatic sessions
  2. Identify strategies to help motivate participants during aquatic sessions
  3. Utilise positive pairing during sessions so that participants associate you with safety, fun and happiness

By the end of the Communication module, providers will be able to:

  1. Understand varying communication styles and preferences
  2. Understand the difference between receptive and expressive communication
  3. Identify strategies to promote successful communication before, during and after aquatic activities
  4. Utilise respectful and empowering communication when working with participants who have limited verbalisations
  5. Understand how, when and why to use visual supports in aquatic activities to ensure positive aquatic experiences

By the end of the Sensory Needs module, providers will be able to:

  1. Understand how the brain processes and responds to sensory information in the aquatic environment
  2. Identify whether a participant is hyper- or hypo-responsive to sensory information
  3. Acknowledge the impact that a sensory rich aquatic environment can have on a participant’s ability to participate in aquatics
  4. Identify helpful tools and strategies to use so that participants are calm and ready to learn in aquatic environments
½ STA CPD Point is issued upon successful completion of each training module.
I understand that by enrolling in this training, I am receiving training from Autism Swim; however I am not becoming Autism Swim Approved. If I wish to undertake the Autism Swim certification, there are additional requirements, and I can sign-up for this through Autism Swim’s website.


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