Aquatic Therapy Regimen for Special Children Leads to Better Tactile Strength and Well-Being: Study

11 July 2016
K2_ITEM_AUTHOR  Dr. Lalit kishore

Three 30-minute pool sessions per week resulted in increased strength, calming, social interaction and reduced spasticity in Indian special-education children.


A paper on standardizing the norms for aquatic therapy for differently-abled children by Jaipur-based organization, Disha Foundation has been accepted to be presented at the International Conference on Human Behaviour and Development Issues to be held on October 21-22 in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.

The abstract of the paper "A Case of Aquatic Therapy for Special Need Children: An In-House Appreciative Inquiry into Intervention of Jaipur-based Disha Foundation" says that the education and parenting of children with special needs are daunting tasks and full of extreme challenges at times.

Also, in India, special education is much neglected knowledge and research area to the extent that even innovative interventions go unnoticed.
Authored by Dr. Priyamvada Singh and Dr. Lalit Kishore of the Foundation, the paper stated that the purpose of the present study was to capture the genesis and evolutionary phases of the intervention of aquatic therapy undertaken by Disha Foundation about four years ago.

The methodology of the study was the in-house appreciative inquiry through three hour direct observation of therapy sessions; interviews with the care-givers (N=3); interview with the therapist (N=1) and special educators (N=2) along with the content analysis of the records of children.

The phases of intervention in terms of genesis, preparation, experimentation and formalization were elicited. The routine of 30 minutes therapy session three times a week was formalized. The reported benefits were the enhanced tactile inputs or kinesthetic intelligence; better calming or wellbeing; reduced spasticity and increased strength; and ease at social interaction.

The implications of the study or applied value of the study are in terms of outreach for the therapy with standardized procedure and routine without loss of time in rediscovering it. Moreover, the in-house appreciative inquiry as an action research has the potential of improving the practice of special educators and therapist.


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LEARNING OBJECTIVES: At the end of this seminar, the participant will be able to:



1. Verbalize the difference between functional improvement and patient satisfaction.


2. Combine ideas into a 2-week and 2-month executable plan designed to improve both function and satisfaction in the participant's clinical setting


3. Locate literature which supports the need to address patient satisfaction in order to improve outcomes. Appraise this literature on the basis of the Pedro (Physiotherapy effectiveness database) scale.


4. Verbally compare and contrast precautions, indications and benefits of aquatic therapy for the most common orthopedic and neurological conditions seen in the pool.


5. Demonstrate the ability to manipulate hydrodynamic properties of water while coordinating a multi-step action using the proper sequence and control.  Participant will teach the same skill to a partner and make corrections in the partner's execution of the following techniques as necessary.


6. Participant will be able to verbalize a reason why he or she values at least 2 aquatic techniques and not others.


7. In a pool lab environment, with a partner: propose, execute and then evaluate at least 2 water-based solutions designed to:

  • ·         increase ROM,
  • ·         improve strength,
  • ·         decrease hypertonicity,
  • ·         decrease pain,
  • ·         improve trunk stability,
  • ·         improve balance and proprioception, and
  • ·         improve functional skills.


8. Justify at least aquatic treatment of clients with specific orthopedic or neuro diagnoses in two ways: A. Verbally - through 3 attempts at spontaneous verbalization of the "1 minute justification speech" and B. In a brief writing lab.


9. Examine and modify a sample therapy protocol by appropriately integrating aquatic techniques into the land-based protocol.


10. Design progressions of aquatic treatment programs incorporating and blending a variety of aquatic therapy techniques and utilizing each technique at the appropriate stage in rehabilitation.


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8:00-12:00 Lecture and Land Lab (15 minute energy break at 10:00)

12:00-1:00 - Change and eat lunch

1:00-3:15 - Pool Lab

3:15-3:30 - Energy Break

3:30-5:45 - Pool Lab


8:00-12:00 Lecture and Land Lab  (15 minute energy break at 10:00)

12:00-1:00 - Change and eat lunch

1:00-3:15 - Pool Lab

3:15-3:30 - Energy Break

3:30-5:45 - Pool Lab

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This class is hosted by Aspire Aquatics LLC, an ATU affiliate. Due to unforeseen circumstances, schedules, instructors and/or meals may need to be changed without notice. Cancelation date is March 19, 2016. The Aspire Aquatics will refund 100% of fee for students who cancel before this date. Fee is non-refundable for students who cancel after this date. Students may transfer their registration to another co-worker or colleague by notifying the Aspire Aquatics in advance. In the event that class is canceled by the Aspire Aquatics, a full refund will be issued.


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