River-Kai could swim before he could talk. He was my water baby no matter the depth of the water. Last year after he survived a near death experience, River-Kai was terrified of water which broke this mer-mama's heart. Trauma changes the brain & having PTSD makes the once enjoyable things, things of fear.
For the summer, he took summer lessons @ our local aquatic center. He attended 2 sessions.
On his first day of session 1/Level 1 (Red Cross Swim Lessons) he had no trust in the instructor, had a difficult time letting go of the wall or coming off the stairs. He was content, sitting in the water, on the stairs.
Sessions were 4 weeks long & 2 x a week. After sessions, he would come into my lap lane & I would work with him (he had no trust in me at first). By the end of the first session, I had him doing drills with the kick board the entire length of the pool, not without reservations, but he did it.
By first session report card time, he was begging me to do kick board drills with him. ❤
River-Kai had to repeat Level 1 due to him not fully trusting or being comfortable in the water. Over the next several weeks, I continued to work with him during the times I would lap swim & he started to blossom. 2 weeks into session 2, he was getting quite bored in class & wanted to rush into my lane to swim with me & do drills. By the last week of class I was told he was ready for Level 3. Keep in mind, before 3 years old, River-Kai was already learning strokes.
This is a huge milestone in his recovery. PTSD can change things that never had anything to do with the actual trauma (medical trauma). Many aspects of our life have changed & we work on them daily. Some days are harder then others. If one is respected in their needs to heal, on their terms, not forced or punished for their set backs, upsets, etc... things will start to blossom.
I am over the moon with how far he has come in the water in 8 weeks. My mini mer-man is back in the water & healing at his pace ❤
His story: fb/teamriverkai
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