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Pediatric Aquatics for the Child with a Neuro-Motor Disorder: Interventions

presented by Kiki Dickinson

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A multitude of impairments appropriate to be treated in the aquatic medium will be reviewed, including poor head and/or trunk control, impaired balance/coordination, weakness, poor endurance, and decreased range of motion. This course will include demonstrations of aquatic therapy treatment techniques that focus on each specific impairment. Treatment techniques will include activities/exercises for a lower motor functioning child to a higher motor functioning child. Participants will gain knowledge of impairments appropriate to be treated in the aquatic medium and specific aquatic techniques to address a variety of neuro-motor impairments.

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. Overview

    1. Overview

    This chapter will explore impairments appropriate to be treated in the aquatic medium, including poor head and/or trunk control, impaired balance/coordination, decreased range of motion, weakness, and poor endurance. It is important to understand what impairments can be successfully treated by aquatic therapy.

  2. Poor Head and Trunk Control

    2. Poor Head and Trunk Control

    This chapter will include specific aquatic therapy techniques that focus on increasing head and/or trunk control. Treatment techniques will include progression for a lower functioning child to a higher functioning child. It is important to have knowledge of specific aquatic techniques to address poor head and/or trunk control.

  3. Impaired Balance/Coordination

    3. Impaired Balance/Coordination

    This chapter will include specific aquatic therapy techniques that focus on increasing balance/coordination. Treatment techniques will include progression for a lower functioning child to a higher functioning child. It is important to have knowledge of specific aquatic techniques to address impaired balance/coordination.

  4. Exercises/Activities to Address Weakness

    4. Exercises/Activities to Address Weakness

    This chapter will include specific aquatic therapy techniques that focus on increasing range of motion of upper and lower extremities and the trunk. Treatment techniques will include progression for a lower functioning child to a higher functioning child. (different wording). It is important to have knowledge of specific aquatic techniques to address decreased range of motion of upper and lower extremities and the trunk.

  5. Poor Endurance

    5. Poor Endurance

    This chapter will include specific aquatic therapy techniques that focus on increasing endurance and respiration. Treatment techniques will include progression for a lower functioning child to a higher functioning child. It is important to have knowledge of specific aquatic techniques to address poor endurance.