3319 – Ortho and Neuro Progressions

Advanced / Pool Workshop


Omaha, NE / Saturday, March 9, 2019 – 8:00 am-5:00 pm – 8.0 credit hours

Indoor Pool: 8:00-10:00 am

Classroom: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Lunch on own: 12:00 am-1:00 pm

Classroom: 1:00-3:00 pm

Indoor Pool: 3:00-5:00 pm


Faculty: Beth Scalone, PT, DPT, OCS, ATRIC



Utilizing the aquatic environment to reach the goals of any client requires an understanding of progressions. The unique properties of water provide benefits and challenges to each client. It is essential the aquatic therapist understands the differences between individuals with neurological impairments vs orthopedic injuries in order progress a program and maximize the aquatic treatment plan.


This course will present aquatic progressions for individuals with orthopedic and neurological impairments.  The similarities and differences are discussed providing the aquatic therapist tools to implement aquatic therapy interventions with the goal of the client achieving highest function possible. Lecture will present theory and research to support clinical decision making; and the pool lab will focus on application of a variety of techniques to restore mobility, strength, and functional stability for a variety of clients with orthopedic and/ or neurological diagnoses.



1)  List progressions for aquatic therapy based on hydrodynamic principles and the unique properties of water as they relate to orthopedic and neurological diagnoses.

2)  State rules for progressing exercise in individuals with orthopedic and neurological diagnoses.

3)  Apply aquatic exercise and movement impairment correction techniques for both orthopedic and neurologically impaired individuals.

4)  Develop a progressive exercise program to enhance function in individuals with orthopedic and neurological impairments.


FACULTY: Beth Scalone, PT, DPT, OCS, ATRIC, is a licensed physical therapist with many years of experience in orthopedic and aquatic therapy. As the owner of North County Water and Sports Therapy Center in San Diego (www.waterpt.com), she continues with hands-on clinical care in addition to her role as educator. Since graduating from the University of Connecticut in 1991, Beth has belonged to the American Physical Therapy Association and has achieved certification as a Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. In January 2006, she graduated from Boston University with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Additional certifications include Certified STOTT Pilates™ instructor and Master Instructor for the Burdenko Method.


Beth not only provides continuing education for health care professionals, she is an adjunct faculty in the San Diego Mesa College PTA program, teaching Orthopedic Rehabilitation and Introduction to Pathology courses. She also provides the learning module/instruction on aquatic therapy to the University of St. Augustine San Diego Campus DPT program. She is the recipient of the 2010 ATRI Tsunami Spirit Award and the 2012 ATRI Professional Award.