GWYN HAS GROWN INTO AN INDEPENDENT, FUN LITTLE GIRL WITH LOTS OF CONFIDENCE BEING A YMCA KID. SHE KNOWS SHE IS A PART OF SOMETHING SPECIAL AND SHE LOVES HER YMCA FAMILY.
Our daughter Gwyn first became a member of the Y when she was 6 months old. She enjoyed gym tots, the child minding room and the pool. Swimming has been an important part of Gwyn’s life – it is a form of therapy for her. She is now in private swimming lessons and loving it. The YMCA has fantastic teachers that have been able to work with her disability. When Gwyn turned 2 we started in the YMCA daycare program and she also started therapy with Autism Intervention Services. Support services come to the YMCA every day to visit Gwyn for 4 hours to work with her. Having her therapy with her classmates has been such a positive part of Gwyn’s treatment. She is learning how to mimic their behaviors and its helping us get her ready for school.
Gwyn enjoys how active she gets to be at the YMCA and she loves her amazing classmates. She swims once a week, visits the library twice a month, and gets lots of gym time every day. Her favorite part of the day is the time spent outside running in the fresh air on the YMCA property. The childcare workers have been very accepting and understanding of her diagnosis and we feel we’ve always had lots of support each day from them.
Gwyn has grown into an independent, fun little girl with lots of confidence being a YMCA kid. She knows she is a part of something special and she loves her YMCA family. She proudly tells everyone where she goes to “school”.
The YMCA has been a crucial part of our family’s everyday life. There is not one day of the week that goes by where we are not there. Gwyn’s younger brother is involved in his own Y kid classes and loves seeing his big sister watching him during gym time from the hall upstairs. I look forward to when he gets to experience the Y’s daycare program too. He already loves visiting the Y every day!