Aquatic Programs

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 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.

Geaux Strong Program

Geaux Strong is instructed by a staff pediatric physical therapist and physical therapy assistant in the lap pool or warm water therapy pool, depending on the child's needs. Children who are not independent in the water will have a "shadow," or trained volunteer, throughout each session. All children will be screened by a physical therapist prior to registration to determine whether they meet criteria for class participation.

A primary goal of this class is to build independence; therefore, parents are not allowed on the pool deck. However, moms may purchase a $20, eight-day pass for use of the Fitness Club during class time.

This class is designed to improve:

  • Independence
  • Strength
  • Coordination
  • Endurance
  • Breath Support

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Geaux Strong is supported by a generous grant from ForeKids! Foundation.