Special Needs Swim Lessons

Now Enrolling for Summer!

History of ABC Swim Lessons

Beginning in 1995, the CEO and Founder of The Applied Behavior Center Sherry Quinn’s son Michael was diagnosed with Autism. After searching nationwide for the care that he needed, Sherry discovered ABA therapy. Because this programming was not offered in Indiana at the time, she decided to open her own company to offer swimming out of the pool in her backyard for all children affected by any type of developmental disability. Soon after, the company began offering therapy and behavior consulting services for children with Autism.

Over 100 children and teens went through the program and successfully learned to swim through their ABA based swim program. The program expanded and eventually developed into The Applied Behavior Center for Autism. The company is now the largest and longest ABA treatment center in Indiana and will be celebrating 20 years this May!


Special Needs Swim Program Details

The Applied Behavior Center for Autism is once again opening its swim program to children and teens with any developmental disabilities for one-on-one private swim lessons at our indoor therapeutic pool at our Carmel location. Because each child is unique, our swim program develops customized swim lesson plans in accordance with each child’s abilities and preferences in mind. We break down the swimming process as needed into small and achievable steps. For some, this first step might even begin with tolerating putting their feet in the water.

Some children cannot wait to get into the water, while others require initial lessons that focus on steps to conquer fears. With patience and individual attention, our certified instructors teach swimmers the importance of water safety. Whether your child has a fear of water, is dangerously drawn to water, or just needs to learn swimming skills, we will work with them through every step of the process through a carefully customized program.

For all children, water can be highly dangerous if not fully understood. Children with developmental disabilities are at an even higher degree of risk around water. Recent statics show that drowning is the leading cause of death for children with Autism, the highest injury-related cause of death for children ages 1-4 and the third highest cause of death among all children and teens. (CDC)

ABC’s swim program offers one on one private lessons in our indoor therapeutic pool. The facility offers two separate locker room facilities with changing areas, lockers and showers. In addition, all swimming materials such as flotation devices and toys are provided.  To learn more about the program or to enroll your child, please visit our services page here. Sessions are filling fast!

12 thoughts on “Special Needs Swim Lessons

  1. trading gold -

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  2. Melissa Humpfer -

    My children are in the process of being diagnosed and I am wondering if they would be able to attend the swim lessons without being diagnosed yet.

    1. abc Post author -

      Hi Melissa! The swim lessons are private pay and not based on insurance. Therefore a diagnosis is not required to signup for swim lessons. The swim schedule for the rest of the year will be posted in two weeks.

    1. abc Post author -

      Hi Jennifer, please fill out our inquiry form and mark that you are interested in swimming if you haven’t done so already.

  3. Vanessa -

    Hello, I got an e mail from Jenny about the scholarships for 25 students, how can I apply and what days, time and long are the classes!!!

    1. abc Post author -

      Hi Vanessa, fill out our inquiry form and indicate you are interested in swimming. Scholarship lessons are Tuesdays and Thursday mornings for 45 minutes and last 2 weeks. We also have a 6 week paid program available on Saturday mornings.

  4. Nanette Blackburn -

    I would like to inquire about swim lessons for my 11 yr old twins please. I heard on Fox 59 you are offering classes in honor of Shalom. My daughter is a wanderer and had escaped four times. The last time she was found climbing the fence to a retention pond. Both kids love the water, but don’t know how to swim. How much are your lessons? Please contact me – thank you!!

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