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Pediatric Aquatics for the Child on the Autism Spectrum or with a Sensory-Motor Processing Disorder

presented by Kiki Dickinson

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Why is aquatic therapy such a beneficial medium to treat the child with a sensory-motor processing disorder? This course will review water principles and how they positively impact successful therapy treatments in relation to children with poor sensory-motor processing. What is the current aquatic evidence based research on children with sensory-motor processing disorders and/or children with autism and how can this research be applied to your clinical practice? This course will review the current aquatic evidence based research and explore how to implement this research into your current practice for more successful outcomes. Participants will gain knowledge from current evidence based research and be more successful with establishing effective aquatic therapy treatment for children with sensory-motor processing disorders, including autism.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Kiki Dickinson, MPT, PAqI

    Kathleen (Kiki) Dickinson, MPT, PAqI has been a pediatric Physical Therapist since 1995. Kiki works for St. Croix Therapy in Hudson, Wisconsin, and has over 20 years of experience developing and implementing Aquatic Therapy programs for a diverse pediatric population, which includes working with children of all ages, with a special focus on the birth to three population and medically complex children. Kiki serves as the Birth to Three Team Lead for her clinic and coordinates services with several counties in Wisconsin. Kiki is certified in Halliwick, Ai Chi and Bad Ragaz, and Cranial Sacral. Kiki is a Pediatric Aquaticist and has helped develop several courses for Aquatic Therapy University and speaks nationally and internationally. Kiki is an adjunct professor for St. Catherine's University and teaches pediatric coursework for their Physical Therapy Assistant Program. She is also the owner of North Star Aquatic Therapy.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Water Principles Impact on Therapy for the Child with a Sensory-Motor Disorder

    1. Water Principles Impact on Therapy for the Child with a Sensory-Motor Disorder

    This chapter will review water principles in general and how they positively impact successful therapy treatments for children with a sensory-motor processing disorder/Autism Spectrum via lecture and pool lab examples. It is important to be knowledgeable about how the water principles can directly and positively impact treatment sessions and carry over in order to to make them the most effective.

  2. Evidence Based Research – Aquatic Therapy for the child with a Sensory-Motor Disorder/ Autism Spectrum

    2. Evidence Based Research – Aquatic Therapy for the child with a Sensory-Motor Disorder/ Autism Spectrum

    Current aquatic evidence based research will be reviewed on aquatic therapy with the child with autism and/or a sensory-motor processing disorder. This research is important in determining if it supports aquatic therapy as a successful treatment approach for therapy. Treatment techniques will be demonstrated that support this research and/or diagnosis.

  3. Water Principles Impact on Therapy for the child with Auditory, Tactile and/or Visual Processing Impairments

    3. Water Principles Impact on Therapy for the child with Auditory, Tactile and/or Visual Processing Impairments

    This chapter will review water principles and how they positively impact auditory, tactile and visual processing via lecture and pool lab examples. It is important to be knowledgeable about how the water principles and specific aquatic therapy techniques directly and positively impact auditory, tactile and visual processing to make the aquatic treatment and carry over most effective.

  4. Water Principles Impact on Therapy for the child with Poor Vestibular Processing

    4. Water Principles Impact on Therapy for the child with Poor Vestibular Processing

    This chapter will review water principles and how they positively impact vestibular processing via lecture and pool lab examples. It is important to be knowledgeable about how the water principles and specific aquatic therapy techniques directly and positively impact vestibular processing to make the aquatic treatment and carry over most effective.

  5. Water Principles Impact on Therapy for the child with Poor Focus and Attention.

    5. Water Principles Impact on Therapy for the child with Poor Focus and Attention.

    This chapter will review water principles and how they positively impact focus and attention via lecture and pool lab examples. It is important to be knowledgeable about how the water principles and specific aquatic therapy techniques directly and positively impact focus and attention to make the aquatic treatment and carry over most effective.