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Aquatic Therapy Options for Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Disabilities & the Medically Fragile Patient

$0.00 - $5,995.00
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PT or OT
16.0 hrs
PS901 (Advanced)
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This 16 hour in-service is packed into 2 days and is good for 19.0 CCUs throught the Federated State Boards of Physical Therapy). It is designed to demonstrate the advanced skills necessary to bring aquatics to the child, adolescent and adult with cerebral palsy, developmental delay, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, muscular dystrophy or other medically fragile or profoundly involved conditions. Includes findings from published literature to help convince skittish medical personnel (and parents) of the benefits of aquatics.

Shows therapists the “nuts and bolts” of teaching techniques to parents and caregivers.Offers insight into "where to go next" for the therapist who has tried everything he or she knows and has run out of ideas. Provides tips on working with the medically fragile infants, children and adults with medical devices (ventilator tubes, IVs, g-tubes, and oxygen) in and around water. Includes information on reimbursement for aquatic therapy, both at the infant, child and adult level.


1. Identify 3-4 indications and medical prerequisites for selecting infants, children, adolescents and adults for aquatic therapy. Discuss how to make a case that therapy pool is appropriate setting for Birth-3 therapy interventions. (lecture)

2. Identify 2-3 potential risks or adverse events which might occur with the use of aquatic therapy with the medically fragile or profoundly involved patient (lecture)

3. Discuss 1-2 potential benefits of aquatic therapy for each: Feeding, Movement, Socialization, Sensation (lecture)

4. Make a 3-minute verbal “case” for providing aquatic services for the cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy,
Osteogenesis Imperfecta, developmental disabilities and more. Be able to identify and locate supportive research to bolster case (lecture)

5. Choose proper equipment, water temperature, and procedures for working with these conditions (lecture/land lab).

6. Understand the appropriate way to document – and bill insurance for – aquatic therapy services (lecture)

7. Craft a sample home program for parents/caregivers who wish to incorporate sensory tasks in the shower, bathtub or community pool. Be able to share with parents where they can obtain additional training materials (lecture)
8. Perform 1-2 aquatic therapeutic movements, tasks, or exercises designed to:

  • increase strength
  • improve ROM
  • improve oral motor skills
  • normalize sensory input (vestibular, visual, auditory, tactile, proprioceptive)
  • normalize tone
  • improve head and trunk righting
  • encourage play, verbalization and social interaction
  • improve posture, weight-bearing, balance, gait and proprioception
  • normalize transitional movements (lab)

9. Progress a specific aquatic task from a lower level of function towards increased independence (lab)

10. With a partner, design and implement a 15-minute aquatic treatment plan (including equipment selection) for 1-2 of the following: (lab)

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Developmental Delay
  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Others who are medically fragile or severely and profoundly involved

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 Discount

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 you get $1000 off the cost of your polyclinic (if you allow us to bring in at least 3 outside attendees, in return).

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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