Special Webinar Delves into Aquatic Therapy Best Practices for the Pediatric Market

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Working with pediatric patients in an aquatic environment is the focus of a special, one-hour HydroWorx webinar scheduled for December 3, 2013.

Pediatric Aquatic Therapy in HydroWorx Pool

Cindy Jarosch works with a pediatric patient in the water.

...it’s critical for providers to create safe environments, work with patients’ parents in a team-based approach, accept the limited attention spans of youngsters and utilize creative wellness solutions.

Working with pediatric patients takes a special touch and a strong commitment. As the American Academy of Pediatrics has outlined in its Principles of Patient Safety in Pediatrics, those offering any form of healthcare for young patients need to practice responsibly, being careful to remember that there are complexities inherent in serving the market that includes children and teens. Thus, it’s critical for providers to create safe environments, work with patients’ parents in a team-based approach, accept the limited attention spans of youngsters and utilize creative wellness solutions. These guidelines hold especially true for any physical therapist using aquatic therapy for pediatric patients.

It goes almost without saying that pediatric patients have very specific needs. Their bodies and brains are not developed, and their experiences are limited. Consequently, a physical therapist working with this group has to hone his or her skills to ensure the best possible outcomes. Particularly for children, it is important to have a large arsenal of therapy options to be successful. Some techniques work better for some children than others, depending on their personality, condition and motivation. Aquatic therapy offers a viable option for many children that is often times more tolerable and motivating than traditional land-based protocols.

On Tuesday, December 3, 2013, a webinar hosted by HydroWorx, “Aquatic Therapy for Pediatrics”, will highlight some of the practices that physical therapists use when dealing with pediatric clients in the water. Presented from 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST by Cindy Jarosch, PT Director of Physical Medicine at the Children's Hospital of St. Paul, the online session will outline practical methodologies used by professionals who work with young patients in aquatic atmospheres.

By the end of “Aquatic Therapy for Pediatrics”, attendees will have a better understanding of:

•Why and how physical therapists who work with infants, children, adolescents and young adults are using aquatic therapy
•The reasons aquatic therapy works well for certain conditions that are found in the pediatric population
•The planning that is necessary for patient land-to-water transitions, treatment considerations and documentation
•The potential considerations and precautions/contraindications for this patient population
•The types of equipment that can be used to enhance aquatic therapy sessions, as well as make them more enjoyable for young persons

Jarosch has spent the majority of her career in pediatrics; her clinical focus has included acute hospital based rehabilitation, including work in the intensive care units, tertiary pediatric epilepsy unit, hematology-oncology service, and medical-orthopedic units. Her commitment to the young patient and his or her family is unwavering.

During “Aquatic Therapy for Pediatrics”, Jarosch will support her information by drawing from case studies from the aquatic therapy program at Children’s Hospital of St. Paul, a program she was instrumental in developing in the early 2000s when Children’s Hospital of St. Paul added a HydroWorx variable-depth, warm water aquatic therapy pool. Since then, the facility has been able to serve thousands of patients, and consistently provides patients and families with exceptional access to advanced technologies.

Attendance to “Aquatic Therapy and the Pediatric Patient” is free, although online registration is required to participate. Registration can be quickly made at http://ww2.hydroworx.com/webinar-pediatric.

About HydroWorx

HydroWorx, based in Middletown, Pennsylvania, offers a wide range of underwater treadmill therapy pools, and peripheral products and services. Every day, more than 23,000 athletes and patients use HydroWorx technology to recover from injuries and health conditions.

More information about HydroWorx’s upcoming webinars, as well as archived webcasts from previous events, can be found by visiting http://www.hydroworx.com/research-education/video-library/details.aspx?id=151&categoryId=23.

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