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Water-Based Intervention for
the Geriatric Client:

An Aquatic Therapy Primer

Offered multiple times in 2014


Water Based Interventions


A 4-hr ATU Bootcamp is offered at no additional cost immediately prior to this class (see next column for schedule). This class is required before taking any ATU course (current water-gurus excepted).


A 18 hr. training module packed into 2 days (4 hr. Boot Camp plus 14 hr. main course). Designed to rapidly introduce clinicians to novel treatment ideas for the geriatric patient. Will focus exclusively on diagnoses commonly seen in the elderly, such as THR, TKR, fracture, osteoporosis, arthritis, CVA, Parkinson's and other gait and balance deficits. Includes a “sampler lab” of the most clinically useful elements of popular aquatic specialty techniques and research findings which support aquatic therapy. Provides an introduction to the following techniques as relates to the geriatric population: Watsu®, the Bad Ragaz Ring Method, Ai Chi, Task Type Training Approach, aquatic adaptations of the Berg (for balance), Aquatic Sensory Integration (ASI) and drills loosely based on the Halliwick Method.


  1. Describe why aquatic therapy may be the treatment of choice if (a) the patient is difficult to support or handle, (b) the therapist cannot adequately access the patient’s body on land, (c) the patient has a contraindication to weight bearing (lecture).
  2. Recite 3-4 aquatic precautions and contraindications specific to the geriatric patient (lecture).
  3. Locate what payers (including Medicare) have to say about aquatic therapy for the geriatric patient (lecture).
  4. Make a 3 minute verbal “case” for providing aquatic therapy services for a geriatric patient. Be able to identify and locate supportive research to bolster case (lecture).
  5. Perform 3-4 aquatic therapeutic movements, tasks, or exercises designed to: increase bone density
    improve strength
    minimize contractures
    decrease pain
    improve trunk stability
    improve posture, weight-bearing, balance, gait and proprioception
    improve functional skills (lab)
  6. Demonstrate 1-2 aquatic tasks or activities from each of the following specialty techniques (as each relates to the geriatric client): Ai Chi; Aquatic adaptations of the Berg; Aquatic Blanket Drills (ABDs); Aquatic manual therapy and stretching; Aquatic Sensory Integration (ASI); Functional skills training; Progressive resistive exercise; Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF); Trunk stabilization/ Core training; Unpredictable Command Technique (lab)
  7. Progress a specific aquatic task from a lower level of function towards increased independence (lab)
  8. With a partner, design and implement a 15-minute aquatic treatment plan (including equipment selection) for 1-2 of the following:

    s/p fracture, internal trauma, sprain, strain or dislocation

    s/p joint replacement (e.g. TKR, THR)


    CVA’s and other non-progressive neurological disorders

    Parkinson’s and other progressive neuromotor disorders

    COPD and other respiratory disorders

    S/p cardiac event or disorder

ATU Schedule

Friday AM (Bootcamp)
8:30-9:00 Registration
9:00-10:30 Lecture
10:30-1:15 Pool lab

Friday PM (Main course)
2:00-2:30 Registration
2:30-4:15 Lecture
4:15-5:00 Supper
5:00-9:00 Pool lab

9:00-12:00 Lecture
12:00-12:45 Lunch
12:45-3:30 Pool lab
3:30-4:00 Energy break
4:00-6:30 Pool lab

Aquatic therapy seminars and trainings

Schedule Changes
Due to unforeseen circumstances or events, ATU schedules, instructors
or venues are subject to change without notice.

Cancellation Policy
The final date for refunds (minus $175 reseating fee) for cancellations by students is 2 wks before class start date. No refunds given for cancellations after this date.


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