Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Benefits of baby-friendly infant and toddler swimming

Last Sunday, kami ke rumah Colonel Benz atas jemputan berkali-kali dari isterinya. Aku panggil 'Madam' aje. Nama mereka kdg kala susah utk diingati. Hehehe..

Dah byk kali Madam jemput tp tak dpt cari masa yg sesuai. Hinggakan dia merasakan kitorang tak sudi nak dtg rumah dia. Uhuks.. sedih aku dgr.

Jadi, kami tunggu masa lapang dan kami pergi hari Ahad lepas. Kami dtg pagi sbb ptg tu mereka ada function yang melibatkan semua pegawai dari Kementerian Pertahanan dari beberapa buah negara termasuk Malaysia. Kami dijemput utk menghadiri majlis di malam hari tp x pegi pun sbb dah lewat.

Rumah dia kat area Ampang. Besar la jugak. Dekorasi dlm sgt minima agar tidak menyesakkan mata memandang. Hiasan juga byk didatangkan dari South Africa, mungkin agar dpt menghilangkan rindu mereka terhadap kampung halaman.

Bendera South Africa yg megah digantung di living room

Telur ostrich yg telah siap dihias. Cantik kan?

Colonel Benz dan Madam yg sgt humble walaupun berpangkat besar

Dua org di bawah ni tidak melepaskan peluang utk mandi di swimming pool kat rumah tu. Madam tanya kenapa aku tak bawa my swimming suit? Aku ckp aku x reti berenang. Lagipun, kalau aku pun masuk sama, sape nak ambilkan gambar? Hehehe..

Aku nak Batrisyia pandai berenang mcm abi dia. Tunggu dia besar sikit. Nanti baru hantar pegi swimming lesson. Tak pun, belajar dgn abi dia aje.
Aku buat research sikit ttg infant/toddler swimming. Aku jumpa this website.


Researchers have documented that the stimulating effect of child-paced infant/toddler swimming lessons has the potential to increase intelligence, concentration, alertness, and perceptual abilities. Improvement in social, emotional and physical development has also been published. Of course, the manifestation of such inspired cognitive, personal and motor development takes time, patience and repetition. I have personally observed this phenomena and have confirmed this with other veteran instructors, especially in children who started lessons prior to 12 months old, but it’s never too late to receive these unique and subtle benefits of infant-toddler swimming. These babies eventually become extremely peaceful and relaxed in the water.

Water is a forgiving healer, its caressing and stimulating effect on children with special needs is most remarkable. Its buoyancy is like an invisible helping hand. Zero gravity allows for freedoms that do not exist on the dry land. Optimal learning conditions, combined with kindness and patience can even release a withdrawn or hurting child from their shell. Also, over the years, we have discovered that autistic infants, babies, toddlers and tykes and their parents find the nurturing swimming experience to be an engaging, calming and positive tactile environment for developing, interacting and growing together. Much as "floortime" works for children on the autistic spectrum (ASD), so too, early swim lessons taught with toys, games, songs, motion and verbal communication can help stimulate learning interactions.

Early swim lessons set a positive foundation towards a lifetime of participation and enjoyment in a variety of water sports and aquatic venues on, in and under the water.

Each class is an interactive recreational activity in a new and exciting liquid environment. "Go Pool" are often among the first words spoken by young "Diaper Dolphins". Swimming imports great joy into the lives of infants and toddlers. It also fashions healthier and stronger individuals.

This is often a child’s first social experience out of the home that involves their peers. They learn to relate and interact with each other and look forward to seeing their class mates. Caring and patient moms and dads of young children have an ideal opportunity to meet like minded people who share common interests.

Safety skills are a primary reason why many people initially enroll in lessons. But, as you now know there is much more to infant/toddler swimming than merely one aspect. However, with the acquisition of safety skills not only is early swimming life enhancing, it can be lifesaving. The younger a child can begin their swimming adventure the sooner they will be able to build a foundation for the eventual ability to perform age appropriate safety skills (never imposing techniques on a child against their will or with the use of force). We must note that it is always the parents' responsibility to ensure the safety of their children. Swimming safety skills and home pool safety will be discussed on following pages. (i.e.. supervision, barriers, pool safety fencing, CPR and child centered swimming lessons).

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Confession of a Coffeeholic Mama-Miya said...

swimming also good nak kuatkan lungs. so takde la rajin kena batuk2 or lung infection. also nnt kalau dia main2/berlari, takde la cepat semput.

we all takde public pool dekat2. so miya berenang dlm tub aje la..hihih..siap ada goggle.

cik EPAL said... cute ;)


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