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Bundle Two (Neurodiversity, Communication & Behaviour Support)

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 45 minutes

In this training package, we cover three individual training modules – Neurodiversity and Aquatics, Communication and Behaviour Support.

In Neurodiversity and Aquatics we discuss the relationship between Aquatics and Neurodiversity and what adaptations or inclusions your teaching style may need to assist Neurodiverse participants to achieve their 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 the Behaviour Support training module we talk through the most common behaviours you might see in the water with your participants, and what positive support strategies you can employ to support them.

By the end of the Neurodiversity and Aquatics module, providers will be able to:

  • Explain the physical, cognitive, social and emotional benefits of swimming and aquatic programs
  • Acknowledge the increased drowning statistics for participants on the autism spectrum and other Neurodiverse participants, and some of the associated reasons why
  • Identify and use relevant swimming aids and sensory tools during aquatic sessions
  • Identify when and when not to use floatation devices during aquatic sessions to promote independence
  • Utilise enrolment forms and initial assessment processes appropriate for Neurodiverse participants

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

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

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

  • Understand that all behaviour is functional
  • Understand the four functions of behaviour
  • Identify and gather information relating to participant behaviour needs
  • Identify and gather data to assist with understanding behaviours
  • Acknowledge and explain the reasons why punishment is not an effective behaviour support strategy
  • Utilise positive behaviour support strategies when responding to behaviours
  • Understand task analysis and how changing levels of assistance can be a measure of progress
  • Identify strategies to motivate participants, teach new skills and to reduce behaviours of concern during aquatics
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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