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RT Aquatic Therapy Special Interest Group

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The article "Building a Sustainable Community-Based Aquatic Therapy Program" by Hsieh et al. (2020) in Therapeutic Recreation, Practice & Research provides a comprehensive guide for developing and maintaining a community-based aquatic therapy program. The key points relevant for recreational therapists are as follows:

1. Program Development: The article outlines the essential steps for creating a sustainable aquatic therapy program, including needs assessment, stakeholder engagement, and resource allocation. It emphasizes the importance of understanding the community's specific needs and involving key stakeholders such as healthcare providers, community leaders, and potential participants in the planning process.

2. Therapeutic Benefits: The authors discuss the wide range of physical and psychological benefits of aquatic therapy, including improved mobility, strength, balance, and mental well-being. These benefits are particularly significant for individuals with chronic conditions, disabilities, and those recovering from injuries.

3. Implementation Strategies: The article provides practical strategies for implementing the program, such as selecting…

The Master's thesis by Truong-Smith (2023) titled "Aquatic Therapy for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Recreation Therapy Pilot Program Plan" provides valuable insights for recreational therapists working with adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Key points include:

1. Program Structure: The pilot program is designed to address the unique needs of adults with ASD through structured aquatic therapy sessions. The program includes phases focusing on emotional adaptation, swimming skills, and social integration, similar to the multisystem approach used in pediatric populations.

2. Therapeutic Benefits: The thesis highlights improvements in motor skills, social interactions, and emotional regulation among participants. These benefits are crucial for enhancing the overall quality of life and functional independence of adults with ASD.

3. Social Integration: One of the primary goals of the program is to facilitate social interaction and communication skills. The aquatic environment provides a supportive setting for participants to engage in social activities,…

The article "Aquatic Therapy Interventions and Disability: A recreational therapy perspective" by Scott et al. (2020) in the International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education provides a comprehensive overview of the benefits of aquatic therapy from a recreational therapy standpoint. The key points relevant for recreational therapists are as follows:

1. Therapeutic Environment: Aquatic therapy leverages the unique properties of water, such as buoyancy, resistance, and hydrostatic pressure, to create a supportive environment that can enhance physical rehabilitation and reduce pain. CONT BELOW PICTURE

2. Physical Benefits: The article highlights improvements in balance, strength, and mobility for individuals with various disabilities. These benefits are particularly significant for patients with neurological conditions, musculoskeletal disorders, and chronic pain.

3. Psychological Benefits: Aquatic therapy also offers psychological benefits, including reduced anxiety and depression, improved mood, and enhanced overall well-being. These outcomes are crucial for recreational therapy, which aims to improve the quality of…

Marcela Tomlinson
8 days ago · joined the group.

Welcome, Marcela. Are you an aquatic therapist? We just launched this special interest group and would love to hear about your practice.



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