Special Needs Swim Lessons

Offered to children of all abilities and all ages, our special needs swim lessons teach your child to swim in a way that’s tailored to their abilities and learning style. All lessons are held in our indoor therapeutic pool and taught by our qualified swim instructors. We develop an individualized plan for each child, and every lesson is taught one-on-one. Children are taught not just how to swim, but also water safety and awareness skills that can prevent dangerous situations in and around the water.


What is the importance of swim lessons?

Drowning is the number one cause of death for children and adolescents on the autism spectrum, accounting for 91 percent of deaths for children 14 years and under with autism. Individuals on the spectrum are often prone to wandering behaviors and lack water safety awareness. Therefore, the need for access to high quality special needs swim lessons tailored to meet the specific challenges participants may face in the water is essential. The benefits of one-on-one, specialized swim lessons for individuals on the autism spectrum can be not just life-changing, but life-saving.

Program Details

  • The ONLY special needs swim program offered by an ABA provider in the state of Indiana

  • Open to all developmental disabilities

  • Child does not need to be enrolled at ABC

  • One-on-one or one-on-two sessions

  • Individualized swim lesson progressions

  • Water safety training

  • Water desensitization

Swim Lesson Targets

  • Blowing bubbles

  • Independently floating on back

  • Swimming from the middle of the pool to the wall

  • Using a flotation device

  • Recognizing when and where it is safe to swim

  • Waiting by the water until it is safe to enter

  • Recognizing changing depth in the pool



A session includes 6 lessons. We offer one-on-one sessions (one child and one instructor) and one-on-two sessions (two children related by family and one instructor).



8:30 AM–5:30 PM

9:00 AM–1:30 PM



If you have received a scholarship for swim lessons please contact Justin to schedule at: 317-448-5970 or JustinR@AppliedBehaviorCenter.org.


Our Facility

Our state-of-the-art indoor therapeutic pool is located at our Carmel center. The pool is heated to 86-88 degrees and is designed specifically for aquatic therapy and swim lessons, featuring hand rails, a standing ledge, and a wide range of adaptive pool equipment.

To learn more about our Carmel facility, contact the center, or get directions, click here.

Carmel Center Indoor Therapeutic Pool for Special Needs Swim Lessons

Pay for Swimming Lessons

Please review the Pool Policy and Procedure PDF to be prepared for your first lesson.