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Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Contemplating Swimming Lessons
When Matt was a baby and young toddler, I did several parent-child swim classes at our local YMCA. He segued nicely into the independent swimming classes (sans parents) and is learning how to float and blow bubbles with several other four-and-five year old children.
Things have gone quite differently with Nolan. I have tried to do parent-child swimming classes twice, but his chronic, unrelenting ear infections have caused us to drop the classes due to frequent ear drainage and PE tube surgery dates.
Now that we have this round of infections under control and his third set of tubes in place, I have started to consider swimming lessons again. If only hearing aids were waterproof!
Our local YMCA offers parent/child classes for children under the age of three, which doesn't present a problem. I am with Nolan the entire time, within six inches of his ear, and I can sign and shout and sing loudly in the water. At the age of three, most children transition to the "Pike" swimming classes, without parents. With several classes occurring at once in an indoor pool environment, Nolan can't hear at all. His unaided hearing is entirely below the speech banana, so unless you're pretty close or talking loudly, he can't hear you (even in a quiet environment).
Then, because he has tubes and will be submerging his head, he'll need to wear earplugs. Earplugs which will occlude is hearing and reduce any residual hearing to nothing.
I'm not quite sure what to do about swimming lessons. Do I simply wait until he's older and has more coping techniques for dealing with an inability to hear in the water? Do I contact the Y and try to get someone to create an adaptive program for him? Do I put him in the regular class and hope for the best?
Parents who have "been there, done that"- what did you do?