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Aquatic Sensory & Motor Integration for the Pediatric Therapist

 
$5,995.00
UPC:
PS831
Tracks:
Pediatric
Length:
2-Days
Credit Hours:
16.0
CCUs:
20.0
Instructor:
PT
Level:
Advanced
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Description

A 16 hour training module with over 8 hours in the water packed into 2 days. Designed to teach therapists how to transition their therapy pool into a sensory and motor planning room. Extrapolated from the 16 treatment station concept, therapists will harness the use of common everyday items to create a sensory effect and to achieve a functional motor response. Each exercise and activity will be examined from the perspective of all the senses: vestibular, tactile, proprioceptive, visual and auditory. The latest aquatic research will be explored and analyzed. This course is primarily designed to provide hands-on experience in order to promote skilled aquatic treatment of children and/or treatment of adults with cognitive disabilities.

 


 

Learning Objectives

Identify 1 model program known for its use of sensory stimulation in water.

 

After learning foundational principles, generate 1-2 reasons why sensory and motor integration is a natural fit for many aquatic settings.

 

Compare and contrast the relative benefits of 3-4 items, available in pediatric clinics, which can be used to transform a pool into a sensory and motor room.

 

Without assistance from instructor, create a specialized shopping list of items which can be inexpensively purchased at a Dollar Store (lecture) and used in the pool setting.

 

After being provided with examples, craft a unique sample home program for parents/caregivers who wish to incorporate 3-4 sensory/motor tasks in the shower, bathtub or community pool.

 

Describe where to obtain hands-on training in 1-2 techniques (such as NDT, Watsu or Halliwick).

 

Without assistance from instructor, correctly perform 1-2 aquatic tasks or activities which can be appropriately performed at each of 16 stations in the pool.

 

Analyze the respective merits of 1-2 aquatic activities in order to increase or diminish:

  • vestibular input
  • tactile input
  • proprioceptive input
  • auditory input
  • visual input
  • and implement appropriately in a lab setting.

 

Using role playing, implement a unique 15-minute aquatic treatment plan for 1 of the most common pediatric diagnoses discussed in class.

 

Design at least 1 skilled progression of an aquatic treatment protocol as described in a case study discussed in class.


 

Agenda

 

Day 1

8:00-12:00 Lecture, group projects, land lab (includes 15 minute break)

 

8:00-9:00 Lecture tutorials (3): Topic: Reasons why sensory and motor integration is a natural fit for many aquatic settings.

 

9:00-10:00 Case presentation with large group discussion (no report out) (3): Topic: Examining an aquatic treatment protocol as described in a case study. Criteria that make a program into a model program known for its use of sensory stimulation in water.

 

10:00-10:15 Break

 

10:15-10:45 Group projects/presentations with report out sessions (4): Topic: Benefits of common items, available in pediatric clinics, which can be used to transform a pool into a sensory and motor room. Creating a specialized shopping list of items which can be inexpensively purchased at a Dollar Store (lecture) and used in the pool setting.

 

10:45-12:00 Lab: Analyze and choose techniques (4): Topic: Creating unique sample home programs for parents/caregivers who wish to incorporate sensory/motor tasks in the shower, bathtub or community pool.

 

1-5:30 Pool lab (includes 15 minute break)

 

1:00-2:00 Lab: Application of techniques or information (3): Topic: Using aquatic activities in order to increase or diminish:

o    vestibular input

o    tactile input

o    proprioceptive input

o    auditory input

o    visual input


 

2:00-4:00 Lab: Analysis and choose techniques (4): Topic: Using aquatic activities in order to increase or diminish:

o    vestibular input

o    tactile input

o    proprioceptive input

o    auditory input

o    visual input

 

3:00-3:15 Break

 

4:15-5:30 Lab: Role playing (5): Topic: Using role playing, implement aquatic treatment plans for pediatric diagnoses discussed in class.

 

 

Day 2

8:00-12:00 Lecture, groups projects, land lab (includes 15 minute break)

 

8:00-8:30 Lecture tutorials (3): Topic: Where to obtain hands-on training in techniques (such as NDT, Watsu or Halliwick).

 

8:30-9:00 Lab: Application of techniques or information (3): Topic: Performing aquatic tasks or activities which can be performed at 16 stations in the pool.

 

9:00-10:00 Lab: Analysis and choose techniques (4): Topic: Performing aquatic tasks or activities which can be performed at 16 stations in the pool.

 

10:00-10:15 Break

 

10:15-12:00 Lab: Role playing (5): Topic: Performing aquatic tasks or activities which can be performed at 16 stations in the pool.

 

1-5:30 Pool lab (includes 15 minute break)

 

1:00-3:00 Lab: Analysis and choose techniques (4): Topic: Topic: Using aquatic activities in order to increase or diminish:

vestibular input

tactile input

proprioceptive input

auditory input

visual input

and implement appropriately in a lab setting.

 

3:00-3:15 Break

 

3:15-4:00 Lab: Analysis and choose techniques (4): Topic: Design aquatic treatment protocol as described in a case study

 

4:00-5:30 Lab - Creating new applications, critique others (5): Topic: Design aquatic treatment protocol as described in a case study

 

 


 

ATU Tracks

This is a 800 series class (teaches Intermediate skills) and is designed primarily for therapists who have at least 1 year of experience working extensively in water. This class is an elective class for individuals seeking ATU Credentialing in the Pediatric or Generalist track.

 


 

Target Audience

This course is within the scope of practice of the Physical Therapist and Occupational Therapist working in aquatic therapy (CPT code 97113). This course is also relevant to the Speech-Language Pathologist as an introduction to use of water as a therapeutic medium for working on speech and language; not all elements will be equally applicable. This course does not focus on evaluation or examination of the patient and thus, the content is within the scope of practice for the Physical Therapist Assistant/ Occupational Therapist/Speech-Language Assistant working under the supervision of the Physical Therapist or Occupational Therapist. While the primary audience for the course is the PT/OT provider, other rehabilitation providers who count the therapeutic procedure aquatic therapy within their scope of practice will find it beneficial.

 


 

About ATU Training

Our classes are taught by licensed therapists, clinicians and physicians who have extensive aquatic experience and the academic knowledge to back it up. Our instructors will teach you the essentials you need to know in order to be prepared while working in the therapy pool.

 

Our teaching style is entirely hands-on and personal. You will first be introduced to new concepts and techniques during classroom lectures after which you will transition into the pool to work hands-on to apply what you have learned. Classes are typically capped at 25-30 students to insure all attendees receive the 1:1 personalized attention we are known for.

 

Because learning is a continual process, all students will go home with an extensive class manual that reinforces the concepts covered in class. They also get access to a free ATU app where they can access course materials after the course is completed.

 


 

Applicability for PTs/PTAs

CPT Code 97113 (Aquatic Therapy) is a designated code for the technique of aquatic therapy. Aquatic therapy is a recognized procedure by the American Medical Association, the American Physical Therapy Association and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Physical therapists and assistants are recognized providers of aquatic therapy in all states and by most payers, including Medicare and Medicaid. The provision of aquatic therapy is not entry-level knowledge; providers need specialized training to practice with this population in the unique environment provided by a therapy pool.

 

Applicability for OTs/OTAs

CPT Code 97113 (Aquatic Therapy) is a designated code for the technique of aquatic therapy. Aquatic therapy is a recognized procedure by the American Medical Association, the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Occupational therapists and assistants are recognized providers of aquatic therapy in all states and by most payers, including Medicare and Medicaid.The provision of aquatic therapy is not entry-level knowledge; providers need specialized training to practice with this population in the unique environment provided by a therapy pool.

 

Applicability for SLP

SLPs may choose to operate in an aquatic setting in order to benefit from the fluid and thermal properties of water while providing therapeutic interventions within their scope of practice. They do not typically seek reimbursement under CPT code 97113, but rather use traditional speech codes. ASHA has now granted CE hours for dozens of aquatic therapy trainings, including a 16 hour Aquatic Therapy University training designed exclusively for the SLP provider. Additionally, the ASHA Leader (industry publication) has spotlighted an SLP who works extensively in water and there have now been 2 studies devoted to the treatment of language in water. The provision of skilled aquatic therapy is not entry-level knowledge; providers need specialized training to practice with this population in the unique environment provided by a therapy pool.

 

For those managers or directors that want to order this course for their staff, the following add-ons are available:

ATU Inside℠ Staff Certification

Sign up for this value-packed add-on and we will provide you with two ATU Inside℠ window decals and a year's supply of customized marketing brochures for display in your lobby for. We can also provide you with up to 25 brochures for you to send any referring physicians or clinics in your area. Let the world know that you have a leg up on the competition and that your therapists have been trained by the very best!

CEU Pre-Approval Service

Don't have the time or staff to fill out the myriad forms required by your state licensing board? Let our continuing-education experts handle all the paperwork headaches. We will apply for CEU pre-approvals and pay any fees required by your state PT and OT and SLP agencies for you so your therapists can concentrate on their clients.

Aquatic Therapy Boot Camp DVD Pre-Study Module

We will send you up to 10 manuals and  one DVD of our time-tested Aqautic Therapy Boot Camp, good for 4.0 credit hours. Facilities choose this add-on to allow their staff to prepare in advance without the need for pool downtime. Take this module at your leisure during lunches or take-home sessions. Comes with enough manuals for your entire staff.

Pre-Conference Site Survey

Is your pool under-utilized? Patient census down? Insurers slow to pay? We can help with that! Just sign up for our day-long Site Survey Add-On and our consultants will tour your facility, browse your policies and procedures and review your marketing materials. We will then recommend best-practice improvements to your staffing, training, programming and billing functions to help turn your operations around and become profitable again. Visit typically scheduled the day before polyclinic, but can be after. Price is $2000 for one-day visit and consult, $1000 for 1/2 day. Add-On includes 2-hr question-and-answer forum and a bound Site Survey Report.

 

While ATU strives to present as small a footprint as possible to our valued customers, there is still a number of responsibilities we ask our facilities to fulfill . Here are some of those tasks:

Minimum Equipment List

A minimum equipment list is to be provided by the host facility. This is the pool equipment needed by the instructor to teach the polyclinic. This is to be either in possession or purchased by the start of class. ATU will provide the facility with the required MEL within 4 weeks of class as well as make a good faith effort to keep this list to the minimum needed for your staff to practice and treat patients with after we leave.

Catering

As host, you are free to administer your polyclinic as you see fit. While some facilities provide lunches and energy breaks to their staff during in-services, others release their staff to get lunch on their own. Either way you decide, please remember to treat all your attendees as you would your own staff.

Pool Temperature

Water temperature should be kept as close to 91-93 degrees as possible to maximize attention span and minimize hypothermia during our 3-4 hour-long lab sessions. The air temp should also be kept within 10 degrees of the water temp. While we will hold the polyclinic no matter the temperature, you may want to consider holding the class at another pool in your area if your site cannot accommodate this range.

Facilitator

A point-of-contact is needed who is familiar with your facility and able to help coordinate and pre-plan the polyclinic with  ATU staff and instructor. This person will need to provide equipment lists, campus maps, directions, pool layouts and floor diagrams, as needed. Also, the facilitator should be available all days of the polyclinic to help set up the classroom, ready equipment for the labs, meet and orient the instructror, open up the facility and arrange for catering.

 

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