Strategies for Teaching the Child with ADHD in Swim Lessons

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The inattention, energy and impulsivity of a child with ADHD can be overwhelming at times and not always a good match with the structured group-style learn to swim environment that many swim schools offer.

ADHD is often highly misunderstood and in general most teachers struggle to know how best to teach a child which such a short attention span and with such high energy.

Additionally children with ADHD may struggle more than others at times of transition, with sharing, taking turns or when there is any hint of competition.

Just as every child is unique, so is every child with ADHD and therefore must be treated as such. That said there are some general strategies that can be helpful for many children with ADHD and bring out their best.


This session will give you 

  • A better understanding of the neurobiology of ADHD
  • A better understanding and the child’s everyday experience of ADHD
  • Practical strategies for creating the optimal learning environment
  • Practical strategies for teaching the child with ADHD in lessons

Duration of session

The duration of this session can be flexible to suit your needs, from a minimum time of a 60 min presentation including question/discussion time to a half-day interactive workshop comprising 2 x 90 min sessions.


About your presenter

Janine Ramsey is a licenced counsellor in Australia and learn to swim professional specialising in trauma informed practices. She has been involved in the learn to swim industry for 40 years in various roles including swim teacher, swim school owner and now as consultant and educator for swim schools around the world.

Janine is passionate about ensuring families have positive experiences at the swim school and that lessons are free of force and trauma.

As a mum of a child with ADHD, Janine can offer personal insights and hope to those raising or teaching a child with this diagnosis.