Thursday, May 29, 2014

Positively Autism May 2014 Newsletter: Water Safety

Articles, Tips, and Resources

Positively Autism May Topic: Water Safety -

Drowning Prevention for Children and Adults with Autism Video -

Water Safety: The Ultimate Life Skill -

"The Swim Professor on Autism and Swimming" Video -

"How to Teach a Child with Autism to Swim" Video -

YMCA Special Needs Swimming Instruction -

Autism Speaks Swimming and Water Safety Scholarship Fund (For Organizations) -

Autism "Swim School" Video -

Swimming Pool Safety Social Story -

Drowning Prevention and Autism Brochure -


Positively Autism's Summer Page!
  • "What to Expect on Summer Break" Social Story 
  • "Travis the Train Visits the Beach" Vocabulary Story
  • "Travis the Train Goes on a Summer Picnic" Vocabulary Story
  • Sunny Vocabulary Flashcards
  • "Train in the Sun" Vocabulary Story
  • Summer Songs Videos
  • More!
Dinosaur Puzzle Token Economy -

Reading and Copywork for Kids Who Love Trains -


May 2014 Positive Autism News -

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

May 2014 Positive Autism News

Boy With Autism Calls 911, Saves Mom
May 9, 2014

Brave Kid With Autism Confronts His Bullies In Front Of The Whole Class
May 15, 2014

Town of Maynard Helps Teen with Autism Go to the Prom
May 16, 2014

Student with Autism a Beloved Member of High School Track Team
May 16, 2014

Student Overcomes Autism Disorder to Receive Degree
May 18, 2014

Eden Autism Services CEO: Employing People with Autism is 'Good for Business'
May 21, 2014

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Friday, May 23, 2014

Swimming Pool Safety Social Story

A social story that describes swimming pool safety rules.

Available Formats: Microsoft Word (.doc) and Adobe PDF

Please see the notes for parents on the last page of this story before using it.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Autism Speaks Swimming and Water Safety Scholarship Fund (For Organizations)

This program provides funding to programs and organizations that provide swimming and water safety lessons for people with autism in local communities. The money is used for the organization or program to offer scholarships for swimming and water safety lessons to financially disadvantaged people with autism. If selected, organizations may receive up to $2,500 in scholarship funds.

Funding is awarded on a quarterly basis, so to apply for the program, the application deadlines are May 21, August 13, and November 12.

Please note that individual people with autism and their families are not eligible to apply for this funding. However, if you know of a swimming/water safety program in your area, Autism Speaks encourages you to contact them and encourage them to apply for the funding.

Applications for the program are submitted online, and more information can be found here:

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Water Safety: The Ultimate Life Skill

Autism expert Jim Ball, EdD, BCBA-D shares his tips and strategies for teaching water safety for people with autism. From taking sensory issue into consideration to teaching strategies, such as using visual supports, Dr. Ball covers this topic with lots of helpful suggestions.

Read the article here:

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Positively Autism May Topic: Water Safety

With summer approaching, water and pool safety becomes more of a concern for all parents. This may be particularly true for parents of children with autism, who are often drawn to water without understanding the potential dangers it may pose.

This month, we'll share resources to help you keep your children safe around the water.