Benefits of Aquatic Therapy in Early Intervention
Section: Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy
Co-Section: Academy of Pediatric PT
Session Code: AQ-1A-4875
Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Marriott Marquis
Room: Capitol

Speaker(s):   Kathleen (Kiki) M. Dickinson, PT, MPT

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Intermediate

Description:
This session will explore the psychological, social, and motor benefits of aquatic therapy as an ideal treatment choice for infants/toddlers with developmental and neuromuscular impairments. The speaker will demonstrate the positive effects of aquatic therapy as an adjunct to land-based therapy, including home-based early intervention with a focus on treating the whole child. Attendees will learn how to incorporate several treatment activities/exercises (both individual and group) that address a variety of impairments, including mobility, strength, high/low tone, balance, body awareness and motor planning, vestibular processing, sensory processing, and cognitive challenges. The speaker will examine the critical role parents and caregivers play in the aquatic setting for infants and toddlers, especially in group activities. Clinicians will learn strategies to engage parents and caregivers and help infants and toddlers feel comfortable and gain skills in the water while in a group setting.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Describe why aquatic therapy is an ideal treatment choice for infants and toddlers with developmental and neuromuscular disabilities.

2. Describe at least 2 to 3 treatment activities/exercises (both individual and group) that address a variety of impairments, including mobility, strength, high/low tone, balance, body awareness and motor planning, vestibular processing, sensory processing, and cognitive challenges.

3. Explain the critical role parents and caregivers play in group aquatic settings and how to help infants and toddlers feel comfortable in the water.


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