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How Music Enhances Children's Engagement While Learning to Swim

How Music Enhances Children's Engagement While Learning to Swim
Thursday, October 17, 2019
4:00 pm–4:50 pm
Increasing Fun and Reducing Risk Track

Drowning is one of the ten leading causes of childhood mortality worldwide, the leading cause of injury death for children 1 to 4 years of age and the third leading cause of injury death rates among children 0 to 19 years in the United States (CDC Childhood Injury Report / Child Safety and Injury Prevention / CDC Injury Center, 2015; Leavy et al., 2015). To address injury related deaths among children, Professionals Sharing with a Purpose (PSWAP) partnered with the American Red Cross (ARC) Centennial Campaign and local community agencies to help reduce the numbers of preventable childhood drownings in south Florida. The Child Water Safety Learn to Swim Program (Program) is in its third year of providing a summer swim program to over 700 children who have limited opportunities to learn to swim. The Program provides swimming lessons in three local underserved communities in south Florida. It is not a drown-proof program, but one that trains, informs and educates the community on how to make children safer in, on or around water (Lagendorfer, 2011; McIntosh, 2009). [178] The Program offers an innovative teaching approach that engages children in water fun and safety activities through music and songs.