Is swimming good for children with autism

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Is swimming good for children with autism

One of the best gifts that can receive a child with autism probably is to receive swimming lessons from a very early. At least this puts it on the table a new study conducted by researchers at the school of health public Mailman of Columbia University in New York, who says that children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDS) are more likely to die by suffocation, hot flashes, or drowning. Specifically, they risk a 160 more die by choking on other children.

Many children with autism feel a great attraction to water, the serenity of this helps to calm their anxiety, but carries a high risk of drowning

As explained by the principal investigator of the work, Li Guohua, many children with autism feel a great attraction to large bodies of water, since the serenity of this helps to calm their anxiety, caused by their lack of communication and limited social skills. Something that often can end up in a disaster.

To conduct this study, published in the journal American Journal of Public Health, the researchers analyzed a total of 32 million deaths that had been registered by the national system of Vital Statistics of the United States during the years 1999 to 2014. All of them, they selected 1.367 cases belonging to people diagnosed of TEA, in which 1.043 were males and 324 of the female sex. What he observed was not only that patients with autism had increased risk of dying from injuries (such as drowning, for example), but that the annual number of deaths documented in people with this disease had increased seven times over the past years.

The most alarming thing that they discovered during the investigation is that patients with autism spectrum disorders tend to die earlier than the rest of the population. Specifically, have an average age of death for 36 years, against 72 of the population without autism. And up to 28% of the deaths are attributed to injuries, such as those caused by a drowning. Four of ten, occurred at home or in residential institutions. Main reason why researcher Li asserts the need for this group to go to swimming lessons since well be nothing more diagnosed early – usually between 2 and 3 years of age-. “Before even than to any other behavioral therapy or speech, for example”, concludes flatly.

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