Community Integration Services

Aquatic Therapy Workshops

Workshops by Harriet Ott, CTRS ATRIC

Other CIS Sponsored Workshops

Workshops by Harriet Ott, CTRS ATRIC

Passive Aquatic Activities

This is a course for working with people who have little or no movement of there own. OR, a person who is coming into the water for the very first time after a tramatic physical change in their body ( stroke, amputation, spinal cord injury... etc  

Target Population:
  • Quadriplegics
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Progressive MS
  • Muscular Dystrophy, ALS
  • Patients who are living in a wheelchair
Course Objectives include
    Pool Entries/ EXIT

    Adaptive Tools, Techniques and Activities:
  • Preparing the patient for fear
  • Making the client comfortable while giving them freedom of movement
  • Use of common pool floatation equipment
  • Other special equipment Using the techniques of Bad Ragaz
  • Watsu as a therapeutic tool for pool experiences.

Adaptive Swimming

This is a course for teaching disabled people how to swim. Using adaptive tools and
techniques learn how to teach people how to be safe in the water, swim laps,
 be deep water safe, for successfully move forward in the water,
while having various physical limitations, such as a CVA with only one arm and leg working. 

Target Population:
  • MS, Paraplegics,
  • CVA,
  • TBI,
  • incomplete SCI,
  • all people living in a wheel chair. 
Cours Objectives include:
  Pool Entries:
  • Using pool equipment who is responsible
  • Use of transfer belts
  • Transfers from wheel chair to pool chair Stair entries
     Adaptive Tools, Techniques and Activities:
  • Preparing the patient for fear
  • Use of floatation equipment
  • Hall wick method of teaching people to swim
  • Water safety or water proofing a patient.


Beyond Arthritis Aquatics

If you are working with an adult population teaching groups
Or individuals then this class is for YOU!

We are going to add numerous activities and exercises to your toolbox.   We will analyze exercises in areas of full range of motion, strengthening, balance and more. Come explore some creative movement that can only be done in the water with clients who have serious challenges exercising. We will discuss common conditions that come to pool group programs,  such as MS, back pain, joint replacement and of course Arthritis.  Learn how the water is an effective way to treat these conditions and other similar problems.  We will discuss and demonstrate some progressions for people who can work at higher levels.  Some objectives will be “moving with intention”, working on balance, separating upper extremities and lower extremities so clients can exercise areas that are working well, while being gentle to areas that are affected or in pain.
Workshop students will learn:
Basic Aquatic-Physics
The benefits of water for exercise
How to adapt movements to make them easier and harder
Common disabilities that come to group aquatic exercise, and there precautions
Learn about the goals of participants in group aquatics
In the water students will learn various aquatic exercises with specific goals and out comes.

Ai Chi Basic Workshop 

 Ai Chi Basic This new aquatic therapy technique has a healing reputation for decreasing pain, improving the immune system, increasing range of motion, balance and mobility.  In addition to learning about the origins of Ai Chi, we will analyze the body, mind effort to complete and learn the sequence of exercises with modifications for people with disabilities.
Course Objectives

1. Participants will follow the simple Ai Chi progression
2. Participants will be introduced to the concepts of moving with nature, benefits and general information
3. Participants will experience the trunk stability movements with guidelines on proper pelvic mechanics
4. Participants will follow a sample workout progression for average, apparently healthy adults, which will then be modified for special situations. 

Teaching Children with Autism and Special needs to Swim

We will look at some of the more common types and characteristics of children with Autism.  You will learn various techniques in behavior management and a sequence of activities that will help these children to become safe deep water swimmers and gain lifetime recreational skills. 
Objectives of this course:
Brief overview about Autism
       Kinds of Autism and characteristics
         Sensory Integration issues
         Common physical delays
         Language challenges
Behavior management
         Following directions
         Limits and expectations
         Power struggles
Adaptive tools
       Equipment, toys. Music
Swim skills.
       Water adjustment
         Breaking down the skills
         Alternative activities which strengthen bodies, and coordination.

Three Case Studies in Aquatics

Course Description
Expand  your  Aquatic Therapy treatments by learning how to utilize the water for  rehabilitation and fitness. Maximize the effects of aquatic therapy techniques to decrease spasticity, increase range of motion, improve trunk and core strength.  This is a hands on course, working in the water, to feel and learn how the aquatic environment will help your future clients to improve quicker.
We will follow three people with a diagnosis of Back pain, CVA and Spinal Cord Injury from pool entry to various activities in the water that will meet individual goals.  Learning and understanding the physics of water, we can change the difficulty of the session and strengthen core muscle groups, increase mobility and range of motion, for these three very different diagnoses.
Course Objectives
*Learn the unique principles and benefits of  water as it relates to rehabilitation
* Learn good body mechanics for the aquatic therapist
*Learn to modify different positions and activities in the water to challenge patients.
*Learn to modify different positions and activities in the water to first assist and then challenge patient, weather living in a wheel chair or ambulatory, by utilizing, turbulence and buoyancy to meet therapy goals.

Integrating People who Live in a Wheel Chair
to the Aquatic Environment

This is a workshop for recreations therapists, new aquatic professionals
Come to learn ALL the logistics to work with this population in the pool.  From special considerations, transportation, transfers, to pool activities.  Expand your aquatic knowledge by learning how to utilize the water for rehabilitation, fitness and recreation.
Course Objectives

*Community Integration challenges
*Pool entry, transfers
*Contraindications and special considerations
*Using equipment effectively
*Learn some basic activities to help the wheel chair client get the most from
   the aquatic environment. 


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