specialty programs

Aquatic Therapy

2017 Fall Pool Session in Progress

Progressive Pediatric Therapy  pool registration is OPEN for its 2017 Fall Aquatic Programs in West Palm Beach. Sessions are offered once a week with a therapist.  Hope4Mobility assists with providing this program.  A complete program description is provided below.




 



The West Palm Beach aquatics program is held at Small Fish Big Fish Swim School, 346 Pike Road, Units 3&4, West Palm Beach, on Friday afternoons.





If you are interested in signing your child up for this amazing program and have questions about how it will affect your child's regular treatment plan, please email scheduling@ppt4kids.com. 

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.

 Objectives
  • Improved joint mobility
  • Increased muscle flexibility
  • Head & trunk control
  • Blood supply to muscles
  • Attention span & sensory motor integration
  • Respiratory rate
  • Circulation
  • 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.

16.4Benefits_and_Enjoyment_of_a_Swimming_Intervention.5.pdf



“Juli's assertive approach to challenge Ty, born with Spina Bifida L5/S1, puts him on a path to mobility and independence, giving us hope for Ty's future.  She is an integral component to Team Titus.  I love medical professionals like Juli who truly care and love the work they do.” 

Angelica H.