Jesse learns to swim
When Jesse wanted to learn to swim, Chrissie Burd made sure he did learn. She became a qualified swimming instructor, and already Jesse can float and kick.
Jesse had been enjoying his trips to the Te Awamutu pools with Chrissie for some months and was now keen to learn to swim (February, 2015). Chrissie was determined to support Jesse in achieving his goal, which could bring Jesse so many useful outcomes. When she found the swimming classes were all full, she stepped up Jesse’s visits to the pools, increasing his basic water skills and his confidence in the pool.
As well, Chrissie talked to her ConneXu Quality Practice Leader about becoming a qualified swimming instructor in order to help Jesse and others supported by ConneXu who wished to learn to swim.
The request and funding were accepted, and Chrissie has already helped Jesse learn to float on his back, kicking, with minimal support from her. He no longer needs the noodle as a floating aid, and has also started to float on his tummy, with support from Chrissie.
Jesse and Chrissie exercise in the pool too, carrying out a programme developed for Jesse by a physiotherapist. This was another of Jesse’s goals, and has enabled him to achieve further goals still.
He now attends a local gym with Chrissie, where Jesse works on a weights programme set out for him.
All this activity has improved Jesse’s balance and strength enormously and, above all, his confidence in his own ability to learn new skills. Fantastic achievements in just a few months!
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