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Pediatric Education

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Pediatric Course Information

1218 – Kids Ortho

Beginner / 4-hour Workshop


Faculty: Katrien Lemahieu, MSEN, ATRIC


In The Netherlands, we use the water to create amazing opportunities for pediatric orthopedic pathologies. Playing, gaming and survival training options are used as interventions. Our therapeutic play in water benefits kids in both physical and mental awareness. Learn different ways to approach the techniques for more skills.

We work toward improvement in quality of life. What are the orthopedic pathologies we see most and how do we work in the water with this age group? Come and learn!



1)  Review orthopedic issues seen in our clinics.

2)  Study different practical methods on physical improvement.

3)  “Play the Game” for therapy and training in the water.

4)  Discuss QOL and how to decrease pain.

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.

1224 –Aquatic Therapy Techniques for Children with Severe/Profound Disabilities

Beginner / 2-hour Workshop


Faculty: Ann Wieser, PhD

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Investigate a variety of techniques that can be used to implement aquatic therapy activities for children with severe and profound disabilities. Safety considerations for positioning and handling and use of floatation devices will be discussed; techniques to reduce challenging/negative behaviors will be presented. Activities in the workshop will focus on ways to stimulate interaction with the children and enhance motor and cognitive function.


1)  Experience a variety of techniques to implement aquatic therapy activities for children with severe and profound disabilities.

2)  Explore different ways to stimulate interaction with children with severe and profound disabilities.

3)  List safety precautions to consider when using floatation devices.

4)  Experience different handling and positioning techniques in the water.

5)  Develop techniques to reduce challenging/negative behaviors.

6)  Experience activities to increase motor and cognitive function.

2201 – Pediatric AquaHab

Intermediate / 8-hour Workshop


Faculty: Julia Meno, CTRS, ATRIC



Intermediate Pediatric AquaHab is a course in aquatic developmental motor learning. Understanding motor sequencing in an aquatic environment will assist in early childhood development and rehabilitation. Referral, assessment and treatment interventions for infant and preschool children will be discussed.


1) Determine special considerations for pediatric aquatic therapy.

2) Address developmental delays using aquatic therapy.

3) Practice techniques in a fun environment that can be utilized to meet the rehabilitation goals of the child’s treatment plan.

4) Explore means of providing aquatic therapy programs for pediatrics with special needs.

2208 – Sensory Processing and Motor Planning

Intermediate / 3-hour Workshop

Faculty: Meredith Morig, MOTR/L, ATRIC


Many skills relating to sensory integration and motor planning can be addressed in the water. The sequence and routine of a therapy session will be discussed in order to address skills from gross motor to fine motor and proximal to distal. Attendees will learn how to use resistance and movement in the water to calm and organize then sensory system and ultimately improve body awareness. With improved body awareness, the child will be able to participate in exercises and activities improving strength and overall coordination. Attendees will then learn skills and activity ideas to carry over land goals into the water, while the child is most organized, to address more complicated skills including visual motor, visual perception, bilateral skills, crossing midline, auditory processing, breath support, oral motor skills and other functional skills

Personally, I have had great success using these techniques with high functioning children, who present with sensory processing difficulties. These children are frequently overlooked in the school and doctors’ offices as having a behavior problem or something “they will just grow out of”.  Many times, tasks are very challenging for them, but they do not understand why and become easily frustrated. Learning these techniques in the water will help a therapist engage better with the child, along with providing them the organized sensory input they need in a functional matter so that the child feels successful and able to take on more challenging tasks. Then the child will be able to carry over this success into activities of daily living and/or land therapy. As therapists, we are providing children with the foundation that shapes the rest of their lives and there is nothing more rewarding than seeing a child succeed and ultimately grow into the best that they can be. 



1)  Identify the types of sensory processing disorder and understand how it affects a child’s everyday life. 

2)  Summarize methods for treating sensory processing disorder.

3)  Recognize the types of sensory input provided by the water.

4)  Recognize how sensory processing disorder affects motor planning and learn how the water can increase body awareness and improve motor planning. 

5)  Determine how to organize an aquatic therapy session to optimize sensory input and improve functional skills. 

6)  Discuss pool activity ideas to integrate cognitive skills including visual perception, auditory processing, visual motor, sequencing, self care, etc. 


1)  Actively participate in and assist in designing pool activities and determine how to sequence the activities to optimize sensory input. 

2)  Demonstrate how to organize a child’s sensory system using resistance from water to increase body awareness and prepare them for remainder of the session. 

3)  Participate in strengthening and coordination activities to improve body awareness and motor planning.

4)  Create a collection of sensory activities in the water to address cognitive and functional skills.

5)  Collaborate on how to modify and grade activities for various ages, diagnoses and abilities. 

FACULTY: Meredith Morig, MOTR/L, ATRIC, is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist specializing in combining sensory integration techniques with aquatic therapy in order to enhance a child’s functional abilities. She has many years of experience working in a specialized sensory integration clinic, providing therapy to children of all ages and diagnoses. She has combined her love for the water with her expertise in sensory integration to provide a more effective therapy modality to enhance a child’s functional abilities. Using her knowledge about sensory integration, along with what she has learned from becoming a certified aquatic therapy instructor, she has developed a successful aquatic program, which has benefitted many children. Meredith also enjoys sharing her knowledge with aspiring students and the community in order to help as many children as possible.

2644 – Pediatric Fun to Improve Function - NEW!

Intermediate / 3.0 credit hours
(Pool Viewing Time: 1.5 hours / Classroom Viewing Time: 1.5 hours)

Faculty: Rodna Bordner, MOT, OT/L

COURSE DESCRIPTION: What do you get when you combine therapeutic interventions, water, and enjoyable activities?  Fun for Function! Based upon concepts of healing and humor, fun for function encourages practitioners to incorporate humor and functional activities as part of the healing process. Laughter promotes healing and personal wellbeing, helps develop positive interactions with others, and allows individuals of any age to enjoy life more fully. Explore developmental milestones of humor and play, identify health benefits of fun learning sessions, craft alterations to existing techniques to improve functional skill performance, and create a positive learning environment with humor, games, and music. 

1) Explore the health benefits of humor.
2) Identify appropriate uses of humor in the healing process.
3) Consider the therapeutic benefits of music on mood and emotional stability.
4) Incorporate appropriate games and activities to promote functional movement.
5) Explore how positive experiences can shape engagement in daily function.
6) Actively participate in pool demonstrations and discussions that explore learning through positive interactions. 

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.