Inclusive Family Fun: Summer Swimming!

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Are you ready for some fun in the pool or at the lake?

CTN Equipment Loan Program (ELP) has recently purchased new swimming equipment just in time for summer! WaterWay Babies is a neck flotation device that promotes participation in water activities for children and youth with disabilities and developmental needs. It is available in a variety of sizes through CTN’s Equipment Loan Program (ELP). 

 *Caution: Never leave your child or youth unattended in the water while using this device.*
CTN supports children, youth and families by focusing on CanChild's framework of the F-words for Child Development. Every child with varying abilities has the right to have fun, enjoy friends, function as they are, access fitness, plan for their future and join in family activities like swimming in the therapy tub, pool or lake!

What are the benefits of the WaterWay Babies device?
1. Family – Enjoy family swim time with your child or youth. Remember to supervise your child or youth carefully while using this device.  

2. Fun – "I have to say her first time in the neck ring was by far the best and most fun for her we’ve seen. Thanks so much for thinking of the bigger kids!” - Grandmother, Diane.

3. Functioning – Because the impact of gravity is minimized in the water, your child or youth may be able to move with less effort!  

4. Fitness – “Ruby loves the water and the neck ring gives her more freedom in the water than before. She kicks her legs like crazy … and this is great exercise for her"  - Kelli, Ruby’s mom. 

The WaterWay Babies floatation devices are part of the CTN Equipment Loan Program and can be borrowed for two weeks by families of children and youth who receive occupational therapy (OT) or physiotherapy (PT) services and live in Simcoe County or York Region. Speak to your child’s therapist for more information or email

Learn more about the benefits of the WaterWay Babies floatation device, here.

Watch this video to learn more:

1 Rosenbaum, P., & Gorter, J. W. (2012). The ‘F‐words’ in childhood disability: I swear this is how we should think!. Child: care, health and development, 38(4), 457-463 Before F-Words for Child Development.