Welcome to Special Fishies Aquatic Freedom and Education

Special Fishies’ teaching methods focus on safety as well as building a child’s confidence, increasing self-esteem, and creating a lifelong love of the water. Learning through play and tailoring each class to your child’s needs and goals.

We work to cultivate a love of water and an open learning environment for special needs children. The process of learning to swim and water exercise can be a great addition to therapy they may be receiving on land. Being in the pool is a fun, unconventional place to work on therapy goals. For some kids, it’s the first place they learn to stand without help.

Using buoyancy in the pool, the body is unweighted, which makes movements and activities seem easier to perform. Aquatic therapy can help children with Autism to improve their concentration and attention span. The therapy focuses on play­ based functional movement, facilitating neurodevelopment growth and improving range of motion, improves body awareness, while also helping the children to have fun. A one­ on one session can help children with autism when it comes to impulse control, ability to follow instructions and frustration tolerance. A pool has properties that allow the body to work differently than it can on land.

Additional benefits of being in the water include decrease in spasticity, natural resistance to movement, and increased motivation for kids. It is also a great place to work on balance skills and assist with functional gains on land and the pool provides a lot of sensory input.

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Special Fishies works to cultivate a love of water and an open learning environment for special needs children. Water is the one place some children can be free. Special Fishies offers amazing one of a kind programs!

In 2021 we are partnering with all these amazing organization to bring programs to our Special Fishies.  Contact Us for more information.

As of January 2018 we are 100% non profit  bringing scholarships, education, and events to our community. Our hope is to have a Freedom Recreation Center in San Clemente, CA and many more places soon! Freedom Swim for service men and women with PTSD, and Fishie Camps for Autism year round all under our non profit. Adopt a Fishie and watch their progress!


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