Our daughter Hattie suffers from anxiety disorder. Her gym class at school was so overwhelming that a paraprofessional was assigned to accompany her daily. This person helped her cope with her fears, and oftentimes had to remove her from class.
Things started to change last year when we enrolled Hattie in the Kids' Y Cross/Yoga class at the Vestavia Y. She found out she loves to exercise in the Y's enriching, judgment-free environment. She left every class telling us it made her feel calm and relaxed.
Since beginning this class, Hattie's school has reported that they're seeing a positive change in her attitude and participation in gym class. Her strength, speed, and flexibility are increasing. She says her fear is gone "because of her class at the &," and she is no longer accompanied by a paraprofessional. One school coach said of Hattie, "She is ready! She participates, is fully engaged and even volunteers when we need an extra player for a game!"
Thank you for seeing the needs of our children and creating this amazing class.
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