Summer vacation has begun! We are all very excited to get a break from all of the school work and enjoy a more leisurely schedule -Woo Hoo!! This past weekend, MJ completed another session of Swim Buddies. He swam and played games with certified swim instructors from the YMCA. After they swam, the director had a little ceremony to present the kids with certificates for their attendance. The kids were so proud to receive their certificates and snacks! The awesome thing about this program is that siblings are allowed to participate. My daughter has joined MJ, swimming and playing with the other kids. I will forever be grateful to the YMCA for facilitating these activities for our special needs kids.
It has been another great “season” of Basketball Buddies. MJ is so much better at shooting the ball the correct way and doing the basketball drills. I also am learning a lot from the autism moms that I have been talking with. It’s like therapy every time we meet. We compare notes, give advice, and talk about our every day ins and outs with raising our children. I always leave feeling even more encouraged and optimistic. It has truly been a blessing being able to develop these relationships.
The following video shows a snippet of what MJ does during each session.
…and of course frozen yogurt is always necessary when the session is over. 😉
I just had to share MJ’s swimming progress with all of you. The other day at the pool he swam from the shallow end to the deep end, on his own, without fear, for the first time!! It took me by surprise and I closely watched him then got my camera ready to film him swimming from the deep end back to the shallow end. I can’t express how thankful I am to the YMCA Special Needs Camp that he has been going to this summer. They have done a phenomenal job at getting him to really relax while in the water. I would have never thought this was possible three years ago. He was a crying, screaming, fearful child while in the water. Now the pool is where he always wants to be.