When can I start Aquatic Therapy, and who should I do it from?
An aquatic therapy session can be conducted as an individual session or group therapy session. Group therapy sessions are particularly beneficial for improving the social skills and behavioural issues in children. A detailed assessment should be duly undertaken before the session. Building a rapport with the child on land before entering into the alien water environment is essential.
It should only be performed by a licensed therapist. There are various techniques that a therapist may utilize during these sessions. Some of the common concepts in aquatic therapy are Halliwick Therapy which uses a 10 point program to increase the water adaptability, breath control and movement of the body when immersed in water. Bad Ragaz Ring method is essentially used for motor system deficits like low tone, muscle weakness and incoordination. Ai chi (Water Tai Chi) uses various postures and movements in water which provide active relaxation whereas Watsu is a technique used for passive relaxation while in water. Various aquatic exercises can be used for building the aerobic endurance. Aquatic therapist will make use of all of these techniques in combination for optimum results.
The time duration for the aquatic program is predetermined. Ideally an aquatic therapy program for ASD should be for about 2-6 months with a frequency of 1-3 times per week. Our database has contact details for aquatic therapists sorted by country, state, and city.