1203 – Creative Solutions for Pediatrics

Beginner / Pool Workshop


Green Bay, WI / Saturday, March 14, 2020 – 8:00 am-12:00 pm – 4.0 credit hours

(Classroom: 8:00-10:00 am / Pool: 10:00 am-12:00 pm)


Faculty: Rodna Bordner, MOT, OT/L


COURSE DESCRIPTION: Offering aquatic experiences for pediatrics can be both rewarding and challenging. In developing programs, the practitioner needs to be fully equipped with a working knowledge of the water principles, developmental milestones, pediatric conditions and diagnoses, and therapeutic techniques to meet the needs of each individual child. During this workshop, we will be exploring familiar techniques as well as emerging programs. We will be discussing what techniques may work best based on diagnoses or presenting abilities, the pool environment including equipment temperature, usage and time availability. In the pool, we will be practicing the basics of many techniques and sharing experiences that may assist other practitioners.



1)  Determine hydrodynamic principles role in pediatrics.                                                                                                                            

2)  Describe an optimum pool environment for children.                                                                                                                              

3)  Examine indications and precautions for use of aquatics with children.                                                                          

4)  Identify at least two aims of treatment for each area: orthopedic, neurologic, psychological/psychosocial, social and developmental.

5)  Compare and contrast the benefits of specific techniques.                                                                                                                     

6)  Explore three ways to adapt techniques for more success during treatment sessions.                                                                   

7)  Develop five treatment ideas for individuals and groups, sharing ideas with other participants.                                                             

8)  Actively practice techniques in the pool and classroom, including adaptations and creative ideas led by the presenter and augmented by participants.


FACULTY: Rodna Bordner, MOT, OT/L, Ai Chi Instructor, has been active in aquatics for 50 years, starting her aquatic life as a swim instructor, and carrying her passion for the water into her occupational therapy career. She enjoyed a 30+-year career as a school-based OT and provided therapy on land and in the therapy pool. She has had the privilege of working with children enrolled in early childhood through school age programs. She currently works in the therapy pool with preschoolers with Autism. She has taught classes for ATRI since 1995 and received the Tsunami Spirit Award in 2002.