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Pediatric Aquatics for the Child with a Neuro-Motor Disorder: Principles and Precautions

presented by Kiki Dickinson MPT

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Why is aquatic therapy such a beneficial medium to treat the child with a neuromuscular disorder and what are the specific precautions and contraindications? This course will review water principles and how they positively impact successful physical therapy treatments via lecture and a pool lab component. 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, decreased range of motion and poor endurance. This course will include demonstrations of aquatic therapy treatment techniques that focus on each specific impairment. Participants will gain knowledge of the benefits of aquatic therapy, precautions/contraindications, 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, WI 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 ATU 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.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Water Principles Impact on Physical and Occupational Therapy

    1. Water Principles Impact on Physical and Occupational Therapy

    This chapter will review water principles and how they positively impact successful physical therapy treatments for children with a neuromuscular disorder. It is important to be knowledgeable about how the water principles directly and positively impact treatment sessions.

  2. Aquatic Precautions and Contraindications

    2. Aquatic Precautions and Contraindications

    This chapter will discuss specific precautions and contraindications related to the pediatric client. It is important to be fully aware of the precautions and contraindications in order to provide a safe environment for your client.