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Water-Based Interventions for the Pediatric Therapist: An Aquatic Therapy Polyclinic

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16.0 hours (18.0 CCUs)
PT or OT
PS701 (Beginning)
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This 16 hour in-service is designed to rapidly introduce pediatric therapists to motor, sensory and play-based interventions in water. It will provide a “sampler lab” of the most clinically useful elements of popular aquatic specialty techniques such as: Aquatic Sensory Integration (ASI), Watsu®, the Bad Ragaz Ring Method, flow-through mat work, and functional skills training and will briefly examine research which supports aquatic therapy for the child and explore contraindications, including prevailing precaution myths. Course will be co-instructed by a PT and OT.


(This course is now approved for 18.0 CCUs by the Federated State Boards of Physical Therapy).


1. Describe at least 1 reason why aquatic therapy would be the treatment of choice under each of 6 stated conditions: 

(a) the patient has poor head or trunk righting/control, (b) the patient has spasticity, (c) the patient has difficulty with transitional movements; (d) the patient has poor sensory processing; (e) the patient has speech/language deficits; or (f) research supports its use. 

2. List 5 aquatic precautions and 5 contraindications specific to the pediatric client. 

3. Correctly defend a decision to label a condition as a precaution and not as an absolute contraindication in 4/5 mock scenarios 

4. Compare and contrast at least 3 ways that the goals of PT, OT & SLP providers should differ. 

5. Demonstrate a mock aquatic treatment session demonstrating 2 ways to divide labor between PT, OT and SLP. 

6. Describe at least 2 ways to appropriately provide a reimbursable cotreatment session when working in water. 

7. Demonstrate at least 2 ways to implement low-tech augmentative communication in the therapy pool setting. 

8. Progress a single aquatic protocol (as viewed in a published case study) from a lower level of function toward independence. 

9. Using 2 payer regulations or research studies as support documents, create a sample statement in order to justify the continued use of aquatic therapy. 

10. Create at least 1 aquatic therapeutic movements, tasks, or exercises designed to alleviate common pediatric problems as stated. 

11. Modify at least 5 standard aquatic exercises as taught by the instructor to address a unique problem. 

12. Design a mock 15-minute aquatic treatment session for at least 2 common pediatric diagnoses. 

13. Using role play, teach at least 2 aquatic exercises correctly to another clinician in order to demonstrate competency.

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
8:30-12:00 Lecture
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-3:40 Pool lab

3:40-4:00 Energy break
4:00-5:45 Pool lab


Day 2
8:30-12:00 Lecture
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-3:40 Pool lab

3:40-4:00 Energy break
4:00-5:45 Pool lab
5:45-6:00 Wrap-up and questions


MARS Rebate

Short for Marketing, Advertising and Registration Service, this add-on is designed to help you preserve valuable resources and defray training costs when you open up your polyclinics to outside therapists. Going "open" allows you to transfer your registration worries to us as we employ our extensive online web presence to find you new attendees. Why? Because each new registrant we bring in earns you a $300 rebate, up to $2400 max. In other words, if we find 8 outside attendees, you get your class for half-price!

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 also will mail up to 25 brochures to any referring physicians or clinics in your area to that you specify. Let the world know that your therapists have been trained by the 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 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.


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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