1503 – Sensory Stimulation – Adult and Pediatric Application

Beginner / Pool Workshop


Sanibel, FL / Thursday, June 21, 2018 – 7:30-10:45 am - 3.0 credit hours

(Classroom: 7:30-9:00 am / Pool: 9:15-10:45 am)


Faculty: Vicki Hames-Frazier, Adapted Aquatic Specialist – Swimming for Severely Challenged Children

Maria Sykorova Pritz, EdD – Sensory Integration


Swimming for Severely Challenged Children

COURSE DESCRIPTION: A person’s ability to learn to swim should not be hindered by the fact that they have a cognitive and/or behavioral disability. The ability to learn to swim for these individuals may prove challenging to an aquatic instructor. This class will discuss the characteristics and behaviors of these individuals. Discuss what a behavior plan should include and techniques used when teaching swimming skills to special needs children. As aquatic professionals, you will learn techniques that will allow you to provide instruction in a safe and affirming environment.



1)  Identify factors that may affect an individual’s ability to learn.

2)  Define “cognitive” (intellectual) disability and “behavioral” (emotional) disability. Identify characteristics associated with both.

3)  Identify the difference between “formal” and “informal” behavior modification.

4) Identify four ways to encourage appropriate behavior._

5) Develop a behavior plan for a client in the aquatic setting.

5) Modify swim strokes to student abilities.

6) Identify safety standards for adaptive swimming.


FACULTY: Vicki Hames-Frazier, Adapted Aquatic Specialist, is the Aquatic Specialist at High Point School in Ann Arbor, Mich., where she has worked for 32 years. She works with students ranging in age from 3-26 years with various physical, intellectual, social, emotional and behavioral disabilities. She conducts a swim program called Aquagirl Aquatics, which provides one-on-one instruction/therapy for special needs adults and children. Vicki’s coaching and nursing experience play an integral part in her programs.


Sensory Integration

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This is a health and fitness program focused on body recovery via progressive muscular relaxation and mental imagery, ideal for physical and mental rejuvenation. It is part of the holistic approach to athletic recovery for active aging athletes and anybody who thrives for stress reduction. An excellent transitioning class from water to land fitness and cross training in the pre or post-rehab setting. It will help to decrease chronic pain, by gentle, total body awareness of exercises and at same time will restore and stabilize functional condition of participants with improvement of strength, balance, coordination, flexibility and mental sharpness.



1)    Perform sensory integration.

2)    Improve awareness of the body’s physical function (flexibility/coordination along with strength, endurance and agility).

3)    Engage in somatic movement/ intuitive movement.

4)    Condition all fitness factors to restore proper biomechanical body function.

5)    Determine how to maintain functional fitness condition.

6)    Experience deep muscular relaxation and mental rejuvenation.


FACULTY: Maria Sykorova Pritz EdD, is an exercise physiologist with 28 years of experience in developing and implementing health, fitness and wellness programs for corporations, health clubs, and schools. She earned her doctorate in education (specialty in Physical Education and Sports) from Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia. Her unique training method involves integration of multidisciplinary techniques to achieve overall health and optimized performance. She is a member of Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA) Research Council, author of health fitness articles, and presenter for national and international conferences. She has researched and developed an aquatic fitness exercise program targeting pain management (e.g. fibromyalgia, posttraumatic stress release, neuromuscular conditioning, and reconditioning of athletes).