The Healthy Living Centre in Staveley is to start running swimming lessons aimed specifically at supporting the needs of autistic children.
The sessions at the Chesterfield Borough Council-run leisure centre, in Barlow Road, will be held on Thursdays from 4pm to 4.30pm, beginning on Thursday 4 January. Bookings are now being taken for places.
Councillor Chris Ludlow, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “Children with autism can sometimes struggle in a swimming lesson environment because these sessions can appear boisterous, noisy or daunting.
“By running dedicated sessions like this we can provide an environment that is more conducive to the children learning in a fun and relaxed way so that they can have a positive and rewarding experience.
“We are always looking at ways of enabling as many people as possible to have the opportunity to learn this important life skill and hope this new development will prove successful.”
All the swimming sessions will be run by swimming instructors who are fully trained in teaching children with autism.
To book a place, or get further information, parents can ring Rebecca Truman, activity development officer, on (02146) 345562 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Further details about all swimming lessons offered at the Healthy Living Centre and the Queen’s Park Sports Centre can be seen at www.chesterfield.gov.uk/swimlessons