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Aquatic Physical and Occupational Therapy for Children

by on December 30, 2014

Why Aquatic Therapy?

The ability of water to float your body, or buoyancy, can help your child move their body when it is difficult to move on land.  Strength is improved by moving against the resistance of the dense water.

Pool therapy can also improve breathing, endurance, and posture.

Deep, warm pressure from the swimming pool can decrease muscle stiffness or  spasticity, and calm a child with sensory integration deficits.

Who should participate?

Swimming and exercising in the water can help anyone be healthier and more active. Children with many medical issues have been shown to benefit from pool therapy.

Clients with cerebral palsy, or who have suffered stroke or traumatic brain injury, can gain strength and   lower how much energy they use when walking.

Those with Muscular Dystrophy can   improve their breathing, control weight gain, and move their body more freely without  being afraid to fall.

Athletes can improve their strength and speed by working against the resistance of the swimming pool.

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders or Sensory Processing Disorders can  benefit from pool    therapy which helps them with self-regulation, body awareness, and attention skills as well as many other things.

Children with fine motor delays can work to improve their coordination, and strength.

If your child has Down Syndrome pool  therapy can help to improve their posture, strength, and independence.

Aquatic Occupational Therapy

With an occupational therapist, your child can work to improve:

  • Body Awareness
  • Executive Functioning (plan, organize, and complete a task with multiple steps)
  • Fine and gross motor skill development
  • Motor planning
  • Oral motor control
  • Problem Solving
  • Sensory processing
  • Safety Awareness and impulse control
  • Self-regulation

Aquatic Physical Therapy

A physical therapist will work with your child to improve:

  • Breathing
  • Endurance
  • Gross motor skill development
  • Independent mobility
  • Muscle tone
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation
  • Posture
  • Strength and flexibility

Our knowledgeable therapists are available to talk with you to determine if your child would be appropriate for aquatic therapy sessions, and which discipline would best meet their needs. Please do not hesitate to contact us for questions.

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