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YMCA offers swimming lessons for kids with special needs

Albany YMCA offers swimming lessons for kids with special needs (Source: WALB) Albany YMCA offers swimming lessons for kids with special needs (Source: WALB)
Teresa Manning (Source: WALB) Teresa Manning (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The Albany Area YMCA wants to remind parents it offers swimming lessons for kids with special needs. 

This after the tragic news of a missing boy with autism found dead in a pond earlier this week.

The YMCA offers multiple programs to teach children how to become water safe.

That means getting the kids comfortable around water and teaching the kids how to get out of the pool if they fall in.

The YMCA said they work with kids with varying levels of special needs. 

Director of Youth Development Teresa Manning said these lessons are extremely important this time of year, and could ultimately save your child's life. 

"Our goal is for every child to learn how to swim, but our first goal is for every child to be water safe.  When a child falls into the pool, they're not going to fall in the middle of the pool, they're going to fall at the edge. So the goal is to teach them how to turn around and get themselves out," she said.

If you'd like to sign your child up for lessons or learn more about the services the YMCA provides, click here.

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