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Seth’s pool jump

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Seth surprised us here at the Fun House a few days ago when he started jumping head first into the pool.  He had done it a few times before from the steps, but now he will do it from the side of the pool as well.  Up until then, he had wanted to stay around the steps in his “puddle jumper” life jacket.  I guess this video shows that if our Seth spends enough time in the pool, the uncertainty will eventually wane and the fun will begin!  As part of this diving in bit, he is willingly allowing his head to be submerged, which causes him to come up with a huge grin on his face and his hands firmly placed over his ears because he feels the water moving around in them.  Emily and I can’t wait for him to learn how to swim.  Let’s just say our first attempt with swimming lessons was about as successful as our first attempt at potty training.  We’re not sure whether we can blame that on Seth having Down Syndrome or that we generally are gifted with hard-headed children.

Ella is almost as stubborn as Seth in that we have to cajole or coerce her to do “big arms” when she swims.  She tells us that she’d rather have her arms by her side when she swims.  We think she could be a really good swimmer because she’ll be so long and lean.  Also, Ella tries to negotiate EVERYTHING.  If we ask her to eat her vegetables, she’ll immediately try to lock us in on a “number of bites” minimum.  You’ll also see that Emily and I took Kyle to his nine month check up.  He was a healthy 21 pounds.  They had to weigh him twice because they couldn’t believe how much weight he he had gained since the last check up.  We hope you enjoyed the video.

He's ready for a dip and she's working the pink goggles

Questions for discussion:

1. How long did it take your child with special needs or Down Syndrome to learn how to swim?

2. Do your children negotiate as much as our 5 year old?

3. Are there any really cool pool toys that your kids enjoy that we should look into?


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4 Responses to “Seth’s pool jump”

  1. Gretchen July 28, 2011 at 2:24 am #

    Hi! I loved the video. Jump jump jump! makes me want to jump right in too. So cute. I don’t have any pool toys suggestions…since Julian is only 14 months! I can’t wait til he swims. Right now it is baby pool time!

    • Joel July 28, 2011 at 7:33 am #

      Baby pool time is great! Kyle could stay in all day.

  2. Alyssa August 2, 2011 at 2:53 pm #

    Angela and I took swim lessons together. We grew up in Plano, just north of Dallas, but there might be similar places here in Houston. I remember they were private lessons, at a lady’s home. She specialized in swim lessons for children with special needs and also did swim lessons for siblings. Sometimes Angela and I were in the pool at the same time, and sometimes we were by ourselves. I’ll try to get the specifics from my mom and pass them on!

    • Joel August 2, 2011 at 9:11 pm #

      We’ll take it! Thanks Alyssa. Enjoyed sharing in Paradigm.

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