Endless Pools hydrotherapy pools for aquatics rehabilitation
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Evidence-Based Aquatic Therapy for the Pediatric Client

$0.00 - $5,995.00
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16.0 hours
PS801 (Intermediate)
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Now approved for 20 CCUs by
Federation of State Boards of PT.
That's 4 free credits!


Many insurers are beginning to deny aquatic therapy for the pediatric client, in part, because clinicians do not understand how to make the case for aquatics. Stop extolling the virtues of aquatic therapy for the pediatric client… without providing tangible evidence-based support. Leave this dynamic course understanding how, when, where and under what circumstances to provide aquatic therapy… and how to justify that choice to the world. Don’t just understand the science; be able to perform the EBAT treatments on Monday morning. Course includes information designed to help parents and caregivers incorporate water-based interventions into daily life.  Includes “turn key” inservice and marketing materials to help expand your caseload.


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to: 

  1. Describe 3 ways in which an "aquatic" evaluation should differ from a "land-based" evaluation. 
  2. Compare 2 distinguishing characteristics of individual versus group aquatic sessions using APTA documents as sources. 
  3. Given a specific case, justify (in a single paragraph) the need to continue aquatics beyond a payer's cap for aquatic therapy sessions. 
  4. Describe 1 scenario where a PTA cannot work in the pool unsupervised. 
  5. Identify 1 precaution which must be considered when performing each of the following techniques discussed in class: Bruininks balance drills, Task-type training, and Adapted swimming. 
  6. Distinguish the merit between a research study which scored a 4/10 versus one which scored a 8/10 on the PEDro scale. 
  7. After reviewing a pediatric case study, suggest 3 methods to strengthen the aquatic treatment protocol used by the research team. 
  8. Perform a mock 15 minute pediatric inservice using aquatic inservice modules provided in class. 
  9. Recreate 5 items as found on the master list "Justification for aquatic therapy" provided during class. 
  10. Independently demonstrate at least 1 activity from each of the following techniques as practiced in class: Aquatic Sensory Integration (ASI), Watsu®, and the Bad Ragaz Ring Method. 
  11. After reviewing the scientific literature, integrate at least 2 "best practices" into a mock pool treatment of a patient with either: Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy, or Autism. 
  12. Integrate at least 4 of the 12 methods of progression discussed in class into a 30 minute role-playing lab. 
  13. Teach at least 3 safety elements.

Typical Schedule
Though our classes are designed to fit your schedule, lectures will preceed pool labs. If you opt for the DVD lecture, the remaining seven hours of pool lab would be held on a single day at your facility. These labs could be contiguous or broken up into morning, noon and evening sessions to minimize your pool down-time.


Day 1: 
8:00 AM -12:15 PM Lecture and Land Lab (includes a 15 minutes energy break) 
12:15-1:15 PM Lunch and change for pool 
1:15-5:30 PM Pool Lab (includes a 15 minutes energy break) 

Day 2: 
8:00 AM -12:15 PM Lecture and Land Lab (includes a 15 minutes energy break) 
12:15-1:15 PM Lunch and change for pool 
1:15-5:30 PM Pool Lab (includes a 15 minutes energy break)


CEU Pre-Approval Service (Free)

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 agencies for you so your therapists can concentrate on their clients.

Aquatic Therapy Boot Camp DVD Pre-Study Module (Free)

We will send you one DVD and up to 10 manuals 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.


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.


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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