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Autism Respite Build Confidence and Connections

Nick thrives in the Autism Respite Program

Nick Bartels loves a “Y” day. Like any other 10-year-old, he knows a trip to the Schlessman Family YMCA is going to be fun. He’ll get to swim, splash, and laugh. He’ll also get to interact with others in a way that’s rare for him, and have a few hours of independence at one of the few places he can go without his family close by.

At the Y, Nick is able to interact one-on-one with his instructor. He makes strides in his ability to communicate and verbalize, and he gets to have something fun to do all on his own, which increases his connection with the world around him and builds his confidence.

Nick’s family also benefits. As Nick enjoys his special day, they’re able to run errands and do other activities that can be difficult for Nick to do as well – like sitting still through his sister’s soccer game.

“For Nick it’s about splashing in the pool with people he’s familiar with. But for our whole family, it’s about having a community of support from people who care about Nick and want him to reach his fullest potential,” said Nick’s mom, Tonya Bartels.

Learn more about the Y’s Autism Respite

To register for the next session, contact Dana Wedlick at 720 524 2750 or email Dana here.

And to help support this program and provide support for families like Nick’s, click here.