Eduarda Santos Veloso, MSc. Portugal

4.10.2014, 9.00 a.m. - 9.30 a.m.

Baby breath control development

Goal of lecture

In 2006 we have created the Baby Breathing Control Assessment tool and the Baby Underwater Orientation Assessment tool. Both tools permitted to know when the baby is able to comfortably spent long periods of time underwater and when and how his/her underwater competence are built. The aim of this lecture is to present the assessment tool and how that could be helpful to all of those who work with babies in the aquatic environment.

Content of lecture

  • Understand the importance of the baby’s assessment
  • Identify the different categories of the Aquatic Breathing Control Motor Scale
  • Understand the long breathing pause as a determinant milestone


Degree in Sports Science, Master´s Degree in Child Development PhD student at Faculty of Human Kinetics (Lisbon University)

Další vzdělání

Company and working position

Tonik – Life, Family & Fun - Teacher and KidsCenter&Family Fitness coordinator

Lusofona University - invited teacher

Faculty of Human Kinetics (Lisbon University) - invited teacher

Brief curriculum – professional life

Swimming teacher since 1998 (all ages).

KidsCenter&Family Fitness coordinator since 2006.

Teacher in the Post-Graduation in Aquatic Activities (Lusófona University) since 2008.

Teacher of swimming lessons for babies and children at Faculty of Human Kinetics.

International presenter in different babyswimming conferences.

Results of work

Co-author of the book "Baby Aquatic Education - the program" (only in Portuguese) – this book talks about and all the scientific and empiric knowledge were the method is grounded.

Author and co-author of different papers published mostly in Portuguese about the aquatic competence.

Co-author of papers published in International Journals:

Veloso, E., Barreiros, J., & Santos, C. (2007). Respiração e orientação subaquática em piscina - efeitos da idade, tempo de prática e duração do programa de estimulação aquática em bebés e crianças pequenas. Brazilian Journal of Motor Behavior, 1(2), 11–21.

Interests and hobbies

Contemporary dance.