This Dog Helps Kids With Special Needs Learn How To Swim

October 13, 2017

The first time Cori encountered a swimming pool, she was 16 weeks old and terrified. It took time, patience and baby steps, but her fear transcended into a life-saving initiative.

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She started showing an instinct for water rescue when she was 9 months old. She is very focused and attentive when kids are in the water, and has a natural tendency to jump in when she hears splashing.

dog saves special needs kids drowning

Drowning is the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 4. However, the danger of drowning is much higher for children with special needs, specifically those with autism.

So Cori works with organizations that teach kids with special needs to swim. Cori is an added benefit to their program and provides assistance like only a dog can.

dog saves special needs kids drowning

Cori is able to break down barriers often experienced between swim instructors and students.

Some kids have refused to get in the pool with an instructor, but they willingly get in with Cori.

dog saves special needs kids drowning

Parents who have been taking their kids to swim lessons for years are thrilled to see improvement after just one session with Cori. They have become more inclined to try things when they know Cori will keep them safe.

dog saves special needs kids drowning

91 percent of all wandering-related deaths among autistic children are due to accidental drowning. Because of these statistics, Cori also raises awareness of water safety and drowning prevention. Please help her reduce these numbers by sharing this info… and help save a life.

Credit: Surf Dog Ricochet

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