[blindkid] Swimming help
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Sat Nov 8 14:49:57 UTC 2014
I think rather than pushing, encouraging environment and setting are better for kids.
My daughter feels highly motivated to perform because they very frequently have swim meets where they time each child for laps. Of course, all parents come with their children at the meets. And, she naturally gets a lot of cheering and applause on finishing the lap and so tries pretty hard to complete it as quickly as possible.
Hope this helps.
> On Nov 8, 2014, at 8:26 AM, Sally t via blindkid <blindkid at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> That is a very frustrating thing for any parent. I've seen both of my kids (one sighted, one blind) do the same thing. You know they would excel if they just pushed harder. Help and cajoling just don't work if the kids don't have the desire.
> Sometimes the desire can be better encouraged by the coaches. I don't think you would be out of bounds letting them know she can do better. It is the coach's job to teach and motivate.
> Sally Thomas
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>> On Nov 8, 2014, at 7:14 AM, Traci Wilkerson via blindkid <blindkid at nfbnet.org> wrote:
>> We have done one on one for many years and now she is on the swim team but
>> just needs some more tweaking on her strokes. She does pretty good at
>> staying straight, that isn't an issue. if you do the stroke (rotation)
>> properly (which her previous one on one was a stickler) she does stay
>> straight. Butterfly is the hardest, but it is the hardest for all of them,
>> so that just needs general practice. Getting her speed up is an issue, on
>> backstroke its like she is on vacation swimming, so slow. She only has
>> increased her freestyle speed due to them competing against each other, but
>> she is starting to slack off again. Just a slow rotation, she needs to
>> speed it up. I'm not sure what the instructors are telling them at the end
>> of the lanes, but I feel like they are letting her slide and I don't let
>> her slide so I wish they wouldn't. I know I need to talk to them, I just
>> already feel like I'm the aggravating parent! ha! She enjoys it, but
>> getting her motivated to to perform well is a struggle. Maybe its just an
>> age typical thing and I'm over analyzing. Sigh. Sometimes I probably need
>> to let her suffer being with an age group she doesn't prefer and she needs
>> to put the effort in to move up and away from them. Natural consequences.
>> Thanks guys,
>> On Fri, Nov 7, 2014 at 9:06 PM, Merry-Noel Chamberlain <owinm at yahoo.com>
>>> My daughter had a peer who was successful the precious year, who was
>>> beside her in the water and physically demonstrated everything the
>>> instructor was showing. My daughter was able to touch the human guide or
>>> the guide would touch my daughter to show her how to physically move. It
>>> worked great! It was a mutual swimming understanding.....being respectful
>>> of private areas.nthis was a high school class.
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>>> At Nov 7, 2014, 3:32:55 PM, Traci W via blindkid<'blindkid at nfbnet.org'>
>>> My almost 10 year old is on a swim team but we are still struggling to
>>> perfect some of the strokes. I wish I knew a way for her to "get" what we
>>> try to explain. I know they need to get in the water more with her for
>>> hands in instruction. But is there anyone, blind teen or adult who swims,
>>> who can provide any tips? I know it will all come in time but she is also
>>> frustrated to be with younger kids because she isn't at a level to move up
>>> to more similar age kids because of her needing more work.
>>> Sent from my iPhone please pardon bad spelling!!
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