Each highly specialized, private session will focus on developing swim skills for a child who has special needs. We provide social stories, visual and physical prompts, and adapted water activities. Often, these children are not able to participate or have not experienced success in typical, community swimming programs. For best swimming results, children should attend swim lessons at least weekly. Sessions are typically 30 minutes.
Taking advantage of the buoyancy and hydro-static pressure, we offer 1:1 treatment to improve sensory motor skills, fine and gross motor skills as well as endurance. Aquatic Therapy is typically one time per week to compliment the child's current clinic services. Aquatic therapy sessions are generally 30 minutes. Pediatric Aquatic Therapy of is an out-of-network provider.
Pediatric Aquatic Therapy is committed to developing the skills needed to increase participation in our local community activities including snorkeling, paddle boarding, surfing, scuba diving and boating. We will practice activities in the pool that will easily transfer to these recreational opportunities. We coordinate with local and national organizations to bring adapted aquatic activities to the Sarasota, Bradenton, and Lakewood Ranch area.
- The water slows the child down and allows him to react and experiment with the consequences of movement.
- The hydro-static pressure of the water gives the body 360 degrees of deep pressure allowing the child's sensory system to regulate throughout the entire therapy session. This allows the child to have greater focus on gaining new skills.
- Therapy in an aquatic environment allows children to learn new movements that would otherwise be too difficult to master on land. The child can practice new motor skills and generalize the skill to land -based therapy sessions.
- Swimming is fun and enjoyable making achieving therapy goals considerably easier!