YWCA’s SNAP program to help those with disabilities

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The YWCA offers programs that are designed to meet the specific needs of children. Their SNAP program helps kids that have some degree of physical, intellectual, behavioral or emotional disability.

YWCA representatives came onto News 18 at Noon to tell us more about how important these programs are for children.

Janae Kraud, YWCA program manager, said registration is now open.

“Our SNAP program, which stands for Special Needs Aquatics and Activities Program, has expanded from water safety with aquatics,” Kraud said. “We have added gymnastics and dance for both children and adults.”

Andrea Gilikson, SNAP program creator, said after a scare involving her son she not only wanted to prepare him, but wanted peace of mind for herself.

“My son has autism. A lot of kids with autism are attracted to water, it’s a sensory issue,” Gilikson explained. “We were outside playing one day…and I heard the tiniest splash, and he had jumped into our pool.”

Gilikson said after her son’s crisis she started making phone calls asking about swim programs.

“I wanted my son to have the basics of floating or being able to get to the edge of a pool in case he should ever get in,” Gilikson said.

The YWCA aquatics program has started. Kraud said there are still spots available. She said, “So if you’re not enrolled, please come and sign up for that.”

Kraud said the gymnastics classes are held on Saturdays and those begin Sept. 6 and dance classes start on Sept. 8.

Click on the video above to watch the full interview from News 18 at Noon and hear more of Gilikson’s story.

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