Fresh Ideas for Pediatric Aquatic Therapy. Access Webinar On-Demand.
On March 12, 2015, the NRHA hosted a webinar titled, “Pediatric Aquatic Therapy: Improving Outcomes by Integrating Play & Creativity.” In this webinar, Amy Arruda, DPT, ATRIC, Director of Aquatics at Leg Up Farm in Mt. Wolf, PA discussed many different cases and the creative programming she uses to keep children engaged and progressing in their therapy.
Leg Up Farm is a non-profit therapy center in York County, Pennsylvania, for children with disabilities and developmental delays. They have seen some great results from using aquatic therapy combined with some creativity with their pediatric clients.
In the webinar, Amy reviewed the setup of their unique facility, the cases they often see and then discussed how aquatic therapy can benefit children with many different disabilities. She discussed:
- The benefits of water
- Typical protocols used in the water for body awareness and voluntary muscle movement
- Ways to make common protocols fun and engaging for children
- Case studies of children who made significant improvements after integrating aquatic therapy into their programs
The entire program at Leg Up Farm is quite impressive and they are seeing great results from combining aquatic therapy into traditional physical therapy programs, especially for children who are beginning to plateau in their progress on land. They have seen that once the children are in the pool, they have a renewed desire to perform exercises and often don’t recognize it as work.
Leg Up Farm is a non-profit therapy center in York County, Pennsylvania, for children with disabilities and developmental delays. They believe every child is special and deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential. To achieve this goal, they know that therapy takes a lot of time and hard work. Their individually tailored treatment plans, breadth of services, and child-friendly environment in a convenient, centralized location are the keys to success that will improve outcomes for children and families.