Pediatric Aquatic Therapy
Pediatric Aquatic Therapy is a contemporary setting for children to practice their therapy goals and have fun at the same time. Water is used as a weightless environment that helps to promote the child’s flexibility, range of motion and increase strength. Water resistance, density, hydrostatic pressure and buoyancy combine with children’s’ need to explore and play, make pediatric aquatic therapy an enjoyable and effective experience. The pool is at an indoor facility, and is kept at a therapeutic temperature.
Each of our therapies – physical, occupational, and speech– can incorporate pediatric aquatic therapy into their sessions. Children who use a wheelchair or other assistive devices to walk on land can often swim or walk with more freedom and independence in the water.
We provide free consultations, and all consultations include an in person meeting with you, your child, and our assistant director where we gather an assessment of concerns both from you and from observing your child, and review medical history. From there we provide a suggested plan of therapy based on the individual needs of the child, and provide you with an understanding of your insurance benefits.
If your child has had a difficult time with other land based therapies, aquatic pediatric therapy could be helpful in their skill progression.
Pediatric aquatic therapy is often found useful for:
- Decreased strength
- Decreased tolerance to weight bearing
- Orthopedic injuries (fractures)
- Juvenile arthritis
- Sensory impairments
- Decreased motor planning
- Abnormal muscle tone
- Impaired head and trunk control
- Neurological disorders
- Respiratory problems
Once your child begins pediatric aquatic therapy with us, we will create a therapy plan with one of our specialists for individual or group therapy. We will evaluate and provide collaborative therapy in the following areas which will help your child with:
- Sensory input
- Balance, strength and endurance
- Gross motor skills
- Respiratory function
- Improved land goals
- Relaxing during therapy exercise
We provide free consultations, and all consultations include an in-person meeting with you, your child, and our assistant director. During this consultation, we will gather an assessment of concerns and review all pertinent medical history. Finally, we will provide a suggested plan of therapy based on the individual needs of the child and provide an understanding of your insurance benefits. Call us today!