Did you know?
Aquatic Therapy is a creative, fun unique medium for physical, occupational, and speech therapy. This is skilled treatment method is used by our therapists to enhance your child’s functional abilities.
The warm, buoyant water enables your child to feel free and have fun in therapy, in a natural environment!
Please be advised Fridays is the only day the Aquatic Therapy Program is available.
Progressive Pediatric Therapy pool registration is OPEN at Small Fish Big Fish Swim School in West Palm Beach. Sessions are offered once a week with a speech, occupational, or physical therapist. Hope4Mobility assists with providing this program. A complete program description is provided below.
Small Fish Big Fish Swim School Location: 346 Pike Road, Units 3&4, West Palm Beach.
What is Aquatic Therapy?
Aquatic Therapy is a skilled treatment method used by therapists to enhance a child’s functional abilities. The therapist uses the properties of warm, buoyant water to enhance a child’s therapy program and to provide a fun and natural environment!
What Does Therapy Include?
Aquatic Therapy is an excellent supplement to land-based physical and occupational therapy, providing one-on-one treatment sessions. It uses safe and efficient methods to achieve your child’s individualized short-term goals. The water offers a gentle resistance, which increases strength and enhances sensory feedback and learning. In addition, the water supports muscles while children work on balance and posture. The therapists utilize aquatic and land-based techniques, including myofascial release, neuro-developmental treatment, sensory motor integration, and functional motor skills. Aquatic Therapy is an effective way to address many types of conditions including sensory, neurological, and orthopedic problems.
- Improved joint mobility
- Increased muscle flexibility
- Head & trunk control
- Blood supply to muscles
- Attention span & sensory motor integration
- Respiratory rate
- Symmetry, strength, and endurance
- The psychological benefits include improved self-esteem, confidence, and motivation
Children Who May Benefit
- Children who need orthopedic or post-operative therapy.
- Children with abnormal muscle tone, muscle weakness, poor postural control, decreased endurance, and limited mobility.
- Children working to develop higher-level motor skills such as breath control, balance, coordination, and gait.
- Children with neurological and/or sensory motor problems.
The Progressive Pediatric aquatic therapists are licensed therapists who specialize in aquatic pediatric therapy. They have attended aquatic therapy courses, in-services, and workshops. All the therapists continue to update their aquatic therapy knowledge on an ongoing basis.
The following is a great research article about the benefits of aquatics for cerebral palsy.