1507 – Neuro Strategies

Beginner / Pool Workshop


Sanibel, FL / Thursday, June 21, 2018 – 1:00-3:45 pm – 2.5 credit hours

(Classroom: 1:00-2:15 pm / Pool: 2:30-3:45 pm)


Faculty: Adam Wilson, CTRS, CBIS



One of the largest groups of individuals seeking rehabilitative services are those with neurological related diagnoses. For these individuals, the unique properties of water provide an ideal environment for successful rehabilitation. This course will present aquatic therapy tools addressing the myriad of impairments found in individuals with neurological dysfunction and provide progression ideas throughout the rehabilitation process with focus on achieving the highest level of function possible. This course presents aquatic techniques and progressions related to treating neurological impairments and improving functional mobility progressions.  Discussions will be on specific diagnoses such as MS, Parkinson’s, post CVA, TBI and SCI.



1)  Progress a client with neurological impairment through an aquatic therapy treatment plan throughout the recovery process with focus on improved function.

2)  Introduce options to improve motor skills using dual tasking progressions.

3)  Discuss the benefits of the aquatic environment and various aquatic therapy techniques specific to neurological rehabilitation. 

4)  Apply current research to enhance clinical decision making in respect to neurological rehabilitation.

5)  Safely and effectively apply aquatic therapy equipment to enhance the rehabilitation of individuals with neurological dysfunction.

6)  Discuss the factors that influence movement and the subsystems that contribute to normal postural control.

7)  Recognize the benefits and challenges that the aquatic environment presents when working with individuals with impaired balance, proprioception and postural control.

8)  State precautions, contraindications and treatment modifications/considerations in respect to patients with a variety of neurological diagnoses.


FACULTY:  Adam Wilson, CTRS, CBIS, has been practicing as a recreation therapist for 15 years, working with all patient populations, including geriatrics, pediatrics, and those with developmental disabilities. He has used aquatic therapy techniques with all populations, including spinal cord injury as a specialty. After graduating from Texas State University in San Marcos, TX, Adam moved to Europe where he practiced as a recreation therapist. After working and traveling Europe, Adam worked in Texas, Colorado, and now works in Orange County, CA as a CTRS with physical rehabilitation populations. He tries to implement aquatics into all appropriate treatments.