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Amy Rogge & Associates provides Aquatic Therapy for children with occupational therapy needs. Aquatic Therapy has been shown to be enjoyable and beneficial for most children and takes place at the Easter Seals warm-water pool.
What is Aquatic Therapy?
Pediatric aquatic therapy involves improving function using the pool to increase strength and build developmental skills. Almost any goal you child is working toward in the clinic can also be addressed in the pool with some additional benefits.
What are the Benefits of Aquatic Therapy?
Bouyancy: You have probably noticed how much lighter you feel in a pool. This is due to buoyancy. This property reduces the amount of weight bearing and the stress placed on joints. It also lets the therapist help your child perform movements that may be too difficult on land. Bouyancy is very beneficial for children with decreased core strength and/or limb strength, because it decreases the effect of gravity.
Resistance: It takes much more strength and effort to move through water than air. Therefore, building strength in water happens much more readily than on land, and with less stress on joints. Using toys and floats in a prescriptive way, children can build great strength for everyday activities in the pool with their therapist.
Body Awareness: Water provides a low level of pressure over the body’s whole surface. This pressure provides information to the brain about joint position and body movements. This type of input through pressure is also very calming for children with sensory processing disorder, ADHD, and other diagnoses affecting attention.
Relaxation: Aquatic therapy is conducted in a warm water pool, which dilates blood vessels and increases blood flow, relaxes muscles, and soothes aches and pains. Paired with slow, gentle stretching and active movements, the temperature of the therapy pool is very beneficial for children with high tone and frequent/chronic pain.
Fun: Swimming is a natural and enjoyable childhood activity. Fine motor and gross motor coordination, visual motor skills, strength, and sensory processing goals can all be addressed in the pool using a variety of toys and equipment. Most children won’t even know they are working!