Autistic Water Awareness Program
On April 28th, 2016, Liberty High School Swimmers completed their service with The Autistic Water Awareness program that was offered to autistic students in the Bethlehem Area School District. The program ran biweekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the month of April. Reik Foust, Liberty High Head Swimming Coach and Mental Health Worker for the Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 and Amanda Sechrist, the Director of Northampton County Special Olympics and an Adapted Physical Education Teacher for the Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 started the program to help autistic students and their families learn the importance of water awareness. The program was designed to have the students learn water safety skills, to learn how to float and how to exit and enter the swimming pool. The students learned through visual and verbal prompting from the Liberty High School Swim Team. Each swim team member who volunteered was partnered with with a student to help them perform all of the skills safely in the pool. The participants quickly bonded with the swim teams members and looked forward to seeing them each day of the program. Thank you Mr. Foust and Ms. Sechrist and all of our volunteers who helped make this inaugural endeavor by IU 20 a huge success for all involved!