1212 – Therapeutic Aquatics for Children

Beginner / 1-hour Course


Faculty: Sue Grosse, MS



Providing aquatic therapy to enhance growth and development of the “whole child” is the content focus of this workshop. Children need a multi-sensory approach for maximum therapeutic gains.  Using problem solving helps children develop processing skills and self-confidence through control of their environment. Movement exploration can open doors to creativity, as well as enhance perceptual-motor development. Academic reinforcement helps make that brain-body connection. This session will provide both theoretical, as practical implementation information, and experiences to facilitate therapeutic programming for children.



1) Examine the concept of an integrated approach to providing therapeutic services for children

2) Discover over two dozen examples of activities demonstrating an integrated approach to accomplishing goals

3) Determine six reasons for implementing an integrated approach to therapy

4) Explore six different types of equipment that can contribute to implementation of an integrated approach

5) Gain resources for activities to integrate therapy with academics, perceptual-motor development, physical fitness, and psycho-social development


FACULTY:  Susan J. Grosse, MS, currently president of Aquatic Consulting & Education Resources, has over 40 years experience in aquatics as a teacher, as well as in a variety of leadership roles at the local, national, and international levels. She is past president of the American Association for Active Lifestyles and Fitness and past chair of the Aquatic Council of AAHPERD. Her publications include work in adapted aquatics, lifeguarding, instructional swim, water exercise, posttraumatic stress disorder, crisis management, contagion, and program administration. She has been a speaker throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Ireland, and Egypt. She received the ATRI Tsumani Spirit Award in 2006.