Aquatic Therapy Program

Aquatic Therapy

The Aquatic Therapy program at Children’s provides an alternative environment for occupational and physical therapy that enhances physical improvements through the properties of water.

Aquatic therapy offers a variety of benefits to your child including improvements in: mobility, coordination, strength, endurance, balance and self-confidence. These benefits are achieved through exciting water games and activities. The program allows your child to have fun while accomplishing important therapeutic goals in individual and group settings.

Aquatic therapy differs from land-based therapy as it allows patients to:

  • Move independently more easily
  • Assume an upright posture earlier
  • Practice higher levels of fine and gross motor skills
  • Slow down movement to accommodate equilibrium reactions
  • Take greater risks with higher level activities
  • Experience decreased hypersensitivity to touch
  • Increase motivation and self-confidence

Children’s offers aquatic therapy for all appropriate children receiving occupational or physical therapy through one of the outpatient programs, as well as through other therapy programs or schools.

Locations and Times

Aquatic therapy is held weekly at the following locations and days:

  • Children’s at Scottish Rite
    Robert D. Fowler YMCA in Gwinnett County
    All day Thursdays and Friday afternoons
    This location offers aquatic therapy for occupational and physical therapy patients.
    For more information, call 404-785-3750.

If you would like to participate in the Aquatic Therapy program, notify your primary care physician for a referral. Private insurance or Medicaid may cover the cost of this program. Please consult with your insurance provider for approval for occupational and physical therapy.