FLORENCE — Children with unique needs, such as autism and learning disabilities, will be able to take part Wednesday in a swim clinic at YMCA of the Shoals.

The free clinic, aimed at children ages 5-10, will be held from 3:30 to 4:10 p.m. Swimmers may bring goggles if they wish.

“We decided to offer this clinic so that we could share what we were learning with other children with unique needs that were already in our program,” said YMCA Senior Program Director Erin Blalock.

The clinic will accommodate swimmers of all levels in this age group, Blalock said.

“We have some children that will get in the water and we’ll just walk around (with them) for the first time because they’re not used to it at all, and we have other children that will get in the water and we’ll actually teach them some swim strokes,” she said.

Children with unique needs are also able to take private swim lessons at YMCA of the Shoals, according to Blalock. She said some join regular group swim lessons.

Learning to swim can open up plenty of possibilities for participants, Blalock added.

“It’s a really good way to get some exercise for children," she said. "It’s a good exercise for people of all ages and all abilities to be able to swim and play and do all kinds of activities, so I think it’s important that parents know that this option is out there for them.”

Today is the last day to register. Those interested can stop by the YMCA of the Shoals, located at 2121 Helton Drive until it closes at 9 p.m.

—kendyl.hollingsworth@timesdaily.com or 256-740-5757


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