Aquatic therapy uses the properties of the water to achieve therapeutic gains and work on skills that may be too difficult to perform during land-based therapy. Techniques in aquatic therapy are used to help children meet strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, and endurance.
There are certain precautions when completing aquatic therapy, so talk to your child’s physician, physical or occupational therapist about its risks and benefits before doing these exercises.
- Jumping helps improve lower extremity strength. Have the child stand at the edge of the pool and jump from the edge into the water. You can help them jump in by holding them at their hips to help control and assist their jump. Assure the child that you'll be there to guide her or catch her once she's in the water.
- Performing simple exercises such as holding their breath underwater while raising their arms up and down. The resistance of the water will help improves breath control and respiration.
- Performing exercises and games in the pool can improve competitive play, encourage speaking in children who have anxiety, and learn how to share toys. All these exercises can result in better social interaction and more confidence.
- To help improve Balance ~ have your kid sit on a kick board. Move the kick board in all different directions.
- Use a beachball to help improve visual motor skills as well as eye and hand coordination. Tossing and catching are fun ways to encourage them to participate.