This coming October, Aquatic Therapy University will be bringing its Aquatic Therapy Options for Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Disabilities and the Medically Fragile Patient course to the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children. The one-day class will teach physical and occupational therapists there the benefits of aquatics brings to medically-fragile infants and children including handling techniques with ventilator tubes, IVs, g-tubes, wheelchairs and oxygen.
"Our students range from ages 3-21," said Charlene Dublin, COTA/L. "All are visually-impaired or blind and the majority have multiple disabilities. 70% are in wheelchairs."
Andrea Salzman, ATU's founder, is excited to be bringing her expertise to the children.
"We are coming to help WPSBC therapists gain knowledge to effectively incorporate aquatic techniques into their training sessions," she said. "We will also train them how to teach parents and caregivers to do it on their own at home and off-site."