1223 – The Schopler Method as an Aquatic Modality for Children

Beginner / 2-hour Workshop


Faculty: Ann Wieser, PhD



This course will introduce the participant to The Schopler Method for working with children in a therapeutic aquatic environment. The Schopler Method is a research-based method for enhancing the success of children.  The activities and organization of the session encourages better outcomes by integrating aspects of the psychomotor, cognitive and affective domains. 



1)  Describe four elements of The Schopler Method.

2)  Examine the research base of the Method.

3)  Experience four organizational aspects and five activities adapted to the aquatic therapy session by using Method principles.

4)  Develop or adapt two activities using The Schopler Method to take home to your facility.


FACULTY: Ann Wieser, PhD, serves a variety of children with disabilities as an Adapted Physical Educator for Guilford County Schools; where she serves both children and adults in Blue Star Therapies, her own therapeutic massage and aquatics business. She has worked in all areas of aquatics (including SCUBA instruction) since 1967. She began working with persons with disabilities in 1980. Ann also has aquatic and management experience working in public service agencies, in public schools, and at the university level where she developed an undergraduate therapeutic aquatics concentration for the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.