, Newburyport, MA


April 5, 2013

Health Beat: Arc hosts social training workshop

Parents raising kids with special needs often worry about their child’s friendships and social connections. The Arc is hosting a free parenting workshop on Monday that will explore the barriers to friendship that may prevent a child from having positive peer relationships.

Presenter Nadine Briggs, founder of Social Smart Kids, will help participants explore ways to help your child recognize and overcome these barriers, the role that parents play in social coaching for their child, and how to teach a child social independence.

Social Smart Kids educates and supports children with social challenges.

The workshop will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Merrimack Valley Hospital auditorium, 140 Lincoln Ave, Haverhill.

Swim class registration begins Monday

Open registration for the Spring II Session Swim Lessons at the YWCA Greater Newburyport begins on Monday at 8 a.m. Classes run from April 22 to July 15.

Swim lessons for all levels, beginning at 6 months of age, are offered Monday through Saturday with morning and afternoon options. Where applicable, children must be the specified age at the start of the program in order to register.

Adult group swim lessons are also offered: Beginners on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. or Wednesday at 6 p.m. Intermediate classes are held on Monday at 6:00 p.m. or Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

Registration for summer swim lessons is ongoing. Summer classes run from July 1 to Aug. 24 with two-week and eight-week options.

Class registration is on a first come, first served basis. Both members and non-members can register for session-based classes at the YWCA Greater Newburyport, 13 Market St., Newburyport. For more information and registration forms, visit or call the YWCA Greater Newburyport at 978-465-9922.

Rock climbing for kids of cancer patients

On Saturday, April 13, from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. 30 children who have or have had a family member with cancer will come together at MetroRock climbing gym in Newburyport to engage with a unique community of support.

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