Date of Award


Degree Type

Honors Paper

First Advisor

Matt Lucas, B.S., M.Ed., Ed.D.


The following research was prompted mostly by a personal experience teaching a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) how to swim. An additional factor came from hearing about some of the challenges that faced individuals with special needs and the lack of preparedness or awareness of facilities to accommodate those needs. Overall, the main purpose of this study is to offer more insight to the rising challenges faced within the area of adapted aquatics specifically in relation to persons who are impacted by ans ASD. The hope is that by heightening awareness, more research will be done and individuals with a physical disability will be assisted with greater ease and readiness when it comes to acquiring swim skills.



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