Aquatic Sensory
& Motor Integration for
the Pediatric Therapist

Sponsored by Aquatic Therapy University

A 24 hour training module with over 10 hours in the water packed into 3 days. Designed to teach therapists how to transition their therapy pool into a sensory and motor planning room. Extrapolated from the 16 treatment station concept, therapists will harness the use of common everyday items such as bath blankets, snow shovels, umbrellas, polyspots and clingy clothes to create a sensory effect and to achieve a functional motor response. Each exercise and activity will be examined from the perspective of all the senses: vestibular, tactile, proprioceptive, visual and auditory. The latest aquatic research will be explored and analyzed.

  Date: January 25-27, 2019

  Time: 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

  Fees: $595

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course participants will learn/be able to:


Identify a model program known for its use of sensory stimulation in water


After learning foundational principles, generate 1-2 reasons why sensory and motor integration is a natural fit for many aquatic settings.


Compare and contrast the relative benefits of 3-4 items, available in pediatric clinics, which can be used to transform a pool into a sensory and motor room.


Without assistance from instructor, create a specialized shopping list of items which can be inexpensively purchased at a Dollar Store (lecture) and used in the pool setting.


After being provided with examples, craft a unique sample home program for parents/caregivers who wish to incorporate 3-4 sensory/motor tasks in the shower, bathtub or community pool.


Describe where to obtain hands-on training in 1-2 techniques (such as NDT, Watsu or Halliwick)


Without assistance from instructors, choose 1-2 aquatic tasks or activities which can be appropriately performed at each of the following 16 stations in the pool:

  • Shower or hot tub
  • Pool side (edge of pool)
  • Pool side (in water)
  • Pool bottom in shallow water
  • Platform
  • Ramp
  • Ladder
  • Floatation mat
  • Therapist as platform
  • Held by therapist
  • Free in water (swimming, underwater)
  • Using playground equipment
  • Supported by equipment
  • Near jets or current
  • Treadmill


Analyze the respective merits of 1-2 aquatic activities in order to increase or diminish and implement appropriately in a lab setting.

  • vestibular input
  • tactile input
  • proprioceptive input
  • auditory input
  • visual input

34With a partner, design and implement a unique 15-minute aquatic treatment plan for the most common pediatric diagnoses.

34Design progressions of aquatic treatments incorporating and blending a variety of aquatic therapy techniques and utilizing each technique at the appropriate stage in rehabilitation.

Course Presenter

Andrea Salzman, MS, PT

Director of Programming

Andrea Salzman, MS, PT graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a Masters degree in physical therapy. Salzman is the Founder and Owner of the Aquatic Resources Network, the largest multidisciplinary clearinghouse of information on aquatic therapy. She is Vice President of 10K Health, LLC, a temporary staffing agency. She currently serves as Director of Programming for Aquatic Therapy University and has assisted hundreds of facilities during the start-up and training phases of their aquatic practice.

She has served as: 

  • Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Aquatic Physical Therapy;
  • Manager, Regions Hospital Therapy Pool;
  • Adjunct Faculty, College of St. Catherine’s PT program:
  • Functional Design Consultant; Aquatic Therapy Facilities:
  • ARN Database Creator, 19,000 aquatic professionals;
  • Aquatic Health Research Database (AHRD) Creator, 8000 abstracts and growing;
  • Author, 5 aquatic therapy-related texts;
  • Monthly columnist, Aquatics International, Advance for PTs, Onsite Fitness

In 2010, Salzman received the highest honor given to an aquatic physical therapist from the American Physical Therapy Association, the Judy Cirullo Leadership Award.

Aquatic Therapy University

For more information about Aquatic Therapy University or their upcoming classes, visit their website.

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