Special Fishies: Aquatic Freedom and Education
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This year, Special Fishies merged with Community Autism Now to bring aquatic freedom and education to special fishies everywhere. Special Fishies works to cultivate a love of water and an open learning environment for special needs children. More

We are Community Autism Now dba Special Fishies: Aquatic Freedom and Education. We are reaching out for a donation to our local San Clemente based Non Profit to make our dreams come true!

Starting January 1st 2017 Special Fishies merged with Community Autism Now to bring aquatic freedom and education to special fishies everywhere.  Special Fishies works to cultivate a love of water and an open learning environment for special needs children. The process of learning to swim and water exercise can be a great addition to therapy they may be receiving on land. Being in the pool is a fun, unconventional place to work on therapy goals. For some kids, it’s the first place they learn to stand without help.

Using buoyancy in the pool, the body is unweighted, which makes movements and activities seem easier to perform. Aquatic therapy can help children with autism to improve their concentration and attention span. The therapy focuses on play­ based functional movement, facilitating neurodevelopment growth and improving range of motion. improves body awareness, while also helping the children to have fun. The one­ on one session can help children with autism when it comes to impulse control, ability to follow instructions and frustration tolerance. A pool has properties that allow the body to work differently than it can on land.

Additional benefits of being in the water include decrease in spasticity, natural resistance to movement, and increased motivation for kids. It is also a great place to work on balance skills and assist with functional gains on land and the pool provides a lot of sensory input.

This year we plan on having three special needs swim camps (at Ole Hanson Beachclub), monthly ocean awareness classes for family education, and foremost build an aquatic freedom room. We are looking to rent a location to have an above ground pool where we can control the temperature, lighting, sound, etc. for our special fishies. 

In order to help make our dream come true here in our hometown, we need your help! Our indoor location is in our grasps. Your money will go towards security deposits, 1st and last months rent, the pool, heater, swim lessons, and our spring and summer camps. There is no reason a parent of a child with special  needs has to drive to Irvine and further for qualified swim services. 1 in 3 children in San Clemente has some type of   special need whom we can help. Help us help them! 

Please consider donating to our cause! Thank you!

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