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Dive Into the Autism Swim Challenge
Written by Phyllis Smith
Last updated on September 21, 2013 @ 5:43PM
Created on September 21, 2013 @ 3:50PM

Kids with Autism got a special opportunity to dive in and enjoy a day of swimming at the YMCA in Clarksburg.

Dozens of them swam with a swimming buddy to learn about water safety. They also learned about the different kinds of swim strokes. They were able to get individualized attention, while parents were able to sit back and watch.

It's part of a four week long swim program. There's even a workshop for the siblings, so they're not left out either. Organizers said swimming's therapeutic and a great way for kids with Autism to exercise. They're hoping to make it an annual event.

Parent Brad Ford and member of the Corridor Chapter of the Autism Society for West Virginia said, "It's great to see him happy. To see him interacting is huge. He loves the water. It's wonderful. It's great for the community. It's great for Autism awareness."

This program's free. It'll run for two more Saturdays from 10-11:30 in the morning.


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