By Deborah Williams
The results of a survey of 7,000 parents with children under five years old reach a startling conclusion: “Children who learn how to swim at a young age are reaching many developmental milestones earlier than the norm.” The three-year survey of parents from Australia, New Zealand, and the United States was highlighted on Science News website in the article, “Children Who Swim Start Smarter, Study Suggests.”
The research indicates several interesting findings:
- There is a great difference between the swimmers and non-swimmers regardless of their socio-economic background.
- The gender of the subjects did not matter
- The swimmers achieve physical milestones faster than the non-swimmers.
- The swimmers scored much better than their non-swimming counterparts in visual-motor skills such as cutting paper, coloring in and drawing lines and shapes, and many mathematically-related tasks.
- The swimmers had better oral expression, literacy, and numeracy.