WHY CHOOSE AQUATIC THERAPY?
Aquatic Therapy is a skilled treatment method used by occupational therapists and physical therapists to enhance your child’s functional abilities. The warm, buoyant water enables your child to feel free and have fun in therapy, in a natural environment!
It is an excellent supplement to land-based occupational therapy and/or physical therapy, providing one-on-one treatment sessions. It uses safe and efficient methods to achieve your child’s individualized short-term goals. Aquatic therapy is an effective way to address many types of conditions: sensory, neurological and orthopedic.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM AQUATIC THERAPY
Children with diagnosis’ such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy , developmental delays, Developmental Coordination Disorder and many many more. As well as Children who do not have a diagnosis but a referral from a doctor to receive Occupational Therapy may receive Aquatic Therapy.
Individuals will benefit from Aquatic Therapy who have challenges with sensory processing, regulation and gross motor skills and muscle strength as a results of diagnoses such as developmental delay, autism and others (Borach & Dattilo, 1996; Dale et al.,2005)
Therapist who are already using Aquatic Therapy with kids with ASD have reported increases in swim skills, attention, muscle strength, balance, touch tolerance, initiation and maintenance of eye contact and water safety (Dubois, 2011, page 10)
SKILLS THAT MAY BE TARGETED DURING AQUATIC THERAPY
- sensory processing
- awareness of where you are in space
- managing responses to sensory input
- socializing and interacting
- range of motion
- trunk control
- bilateral coordination
- water safety
- swim skills
The leading therapist for the Aquatic Therapy program at KidsAbility is Allison Miron, M.Sc.O.T., O.T.(c), Registered Occupational Therapist with KidsAbility Ltd. Allison was a lifeguard for 5 years providing swimming lessons to children 6 months-10 years old with many different diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has also completed pediatric courses at the Aquatic Therapy & Rehab Institute including swimming with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
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