Along with being on the Autism spectrum, Abe Stark, 7, has been going to physical therapy from an early age because of a delay in his physical development and motor skills.
Abe also has some difficulty communicating, has repetitive movements, and is unable to express emotions because of his lack of confidence and hesitation approaching new people and activities.
His parents, Mary and Brian, tried to teach him swimming on their own but had difficulty. Through a Y scholarship, Abe began swim lessons. He has excelled -- gaining strength, confidence, and significant improvement in his motor skills.
Mary said that anxiety has been one of Abe's biggest struggles, and she believes he's improved greatly because of the successes he's had through swimming at the Y. "Abe has improved his ability to focus and has b uilt up his strength and endurance."
Abe looks forward to coming to the Y and seeing his swim instructor, whom he now calls his best friend. "Coming to the Y has been such a blessing for Abe. His progress in such a short period of time has been amazing."
Swim lessons are available to every family, even those who might not otherwise be able to afford them, thanks to the YMCA of Greenville Annual Campaign. You can support kids like Abe by making a donation.