Best NYC Swim Classes for Kids & How to Encourage Language in the Water

swimming 1Spring is officially here, and what better way to gear your child up for summer than to take swim lessons!

Our motto is “the earlier the better” – so that your child develops a love for the water and becomes a strong swimmer at a young age.

Many of the classes also require parents to swim with their child (especially if the child is an infant), so that is the perfect opportunity for some low impact exercise for you as well!

Swim lessons teach children self-confidence, make them aware of water safety, and increase their strength.  And on top of all that, you can encourage language in the water!

Some skills we recommend targeting include:

  • Greetings (e.g., waving or saying “Hi” to the instructor)
  • Imitating motor actions/sounds/words (e.g., clapping hands, “splish splash”)
  • Adjectives (e.g., “It’s wet/cold”)
  • Action words (e.g., “swim”, “go”, “kick”)
  • Singing (e.g., “Humpty Dumpty” when sitting on the edge of the pool”)
  • Following directions (e.g., “Kick your legs”), and lots more!

Here are our favorite swim lessons in NYC:

Asphalt Green
92Y Polliwogs
Physique Swimming
Swim Jim

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Debbie Shiwbalak, M.A., CCC-SLP, has a Baccalaureate of Arts in Speech Pathology and is a graduate of Long Island University-CW Post Campus, where she received a Master of Arts in Speech Pathology in 2001. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed by the state of New York to practice speech-language pathology. Debbie has 13 years experience as a speech pathologist in the New York City area. She co-authored a chapter of “Cutting Edge Therapies for Autism” and presents at parent and professional workshops all over New York City.

Alpin Rezvani, M.A., CCC-SLP, graduated from New York University with a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (ASHA) and has New York licensure in Speech-Language Pathology. She has 7 years of experience as a speech pathologist in the New York City area and was an adjunct instructor at New York University. She co-authored three chapters of “Cutting Edge Therapies for Autism” and presents at parent and professional workshops all over New York City.

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