Bronx mom, YMCA teach adaptive swimming classes for children on autism spectrum

Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

Spending time in the water has always been comforting and natural for Rima Izquierdo.

But sharing that experience with her children was a different story.

The Bronx mom, who has two young sons on the autism spectrum, searched high and low for a swim program that accommodated their needs with no success.

Finally, Izquierdo found the Bronx Y and its adaptive swim program. More importantly, she found willing partners who wanted to learn from her personal experiences.

“They were doing a lot of water acclimation and pre-swimming skills,” she said. “I thought we could build on the program and with a little focus and different approach teach these kids to do more.”
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