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Pre-Conference Course: Aquatics for the Adult Population with an Ortho or Neuromuscular Disorder
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Pre-Conference Course: Aquatics for the Adult Population with an Ortho or Neuromuscular Disorder

10/11/2019
When: Friday, October 11
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Where: South Point Hotel and Casino
9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV  89183
United States
Presenter: Kathleen Dickinson, PT, PAqI
Contact: Rita Pierson
(916) 929-2782 x105

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Course Description and Objectives

Water Principles Impact on Therapy

Length (1.0 hours):
Discuss water principles and how they positively impact successful physical therapy treatments for adults with an ortho or neuromuscular disorder via lecture videos. It is important to be knowledgeable about how the water principles can directly and positively impact treatment sessions to make them the most effective.

  1. List at least three water principles that directly impact aquatic therapy.
  2. Discuss how one water principle makes aquatic therapy a beneficial medium to treat the client with an ortho or neuromuscular disorder.

Aquatic Precautions and Contraindications
Length (1 hour):
Discuss specific aquatic precautions and contraindications. It is important to be fully aware of the precautions and contraindications of the therapeutic pool to provide a safe environment for yourself and your clients.

  1. List two to three aquatic precautions.
  2. List one aquatic contraindication. 

Impairments Overview – Impact of Aquatic Therapy
Length (5.5 hours):
Explore impairments via lecture and videos appropriate to be treated in the aquatic medium, including, impaired balance/coordination, decreased range of motion, weakness, poor endurance/respiration and poor motor planning. It is important to understand what impairments can be successfully treated by aquatic therapy and how. Discuss recent evidence-based research exploring the benefits of aquatic therapy vs. land treatment for a variety of diagnoses including: Muscular Sclerosis, COPD, Parkinson’s, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis and status post Stroke.

  1. Discuss one impairment appropriate to be treated in the aquatic environment and why. 
  2. Discuss the benefits of aquatic therapy vs. land for at least one diagnosis. 

Impaired Balance/Coordination

Explore specific aquatic therapy techniques that focus on increasing balance/coordination, especially with our risk for falls population. Treatment techniques will include low to high abilities in the adult population. It is important to have knowledge of specific aquatic techniques to address impaired balance/coordination.

  1. Describe at least one aquatic therapy technique that improves balance/coordination.
  2. Describe at least one activity to decrease risk for falls. 

Decreased Range of Motion

Explore specific aquatic therapy techniques that focus on increasing range of motion of upper and lower extremities and the pelvis/trunk. Treatment techniques will include low to high abilities in the adult population. It is important to have knowledge of specific aquatic techniques to address decreased range of motion of upper and lower extremities and the trunk

  1. Describe at least one aquatic therapy technique that increases range of motion of cervical musculature, upper extremity, lower extremity or the pelvis/trunk. 

Weakness
Explore specific aquatic therapy techniques that focus on increasing strength of shoulder girdle, upper and lower extremity and trunk muscles. Treatment techniques will include low to high abilities in the adult population. It is important to have knowledge of specific aquatic techniques to address weakness of upper and lower and trunk muscles. Explore part of an aquatic therapy rotator cuff post-op protocol to learn how to safely adapt land-based exercises to the aquatic medium.

  1. Describe at least one aquatic therapy technique that increases strength of the shoulder girdles, upper extremity, lower extremity, or trunk. 
  2. Describe at least one aquatic therapy technique to address increasing strength in an individual status post rotator cuff repair. 

Poor Endurance/Respiration
Explore specific aquatic therapy techniques that focus on increasing endurance and respiration. Treatment techniques will include low to high abilities in the adult population. It is important to have knowledge of specific aquatic techniques to address poor endurance.

  1. Describe at least one aquatic therapy technique that increases endurance/respiration.

Poor Motor Planning
Explore specific aquatic therapy techniques that focus on increasing endurance and respiration. Treatment techniques will include low to high abilities in the adult population. It is important to have knowledge of specific aquatic techniques to address poor motor planning.

  1. Describe at least one aquatic therapy technique that improves motor planning.

Benefits of Aquatic Therapy on Individuals with Dementia
Length (.5 hours):
Discuss the recent research regarding the benefits of aquatic therapy/ exercise on psychological well-being, behaviors, alert state, functional participation and cognition with individuals with dementia, including Alzheimer’s.

  1. Describe one to two benefits of aquatic therapy for the adult population with dementia.

 

Speaker

Kathleen (Kiki) Dickinson, PT, MPT, PAql graduated from the College of St. Catherine with a master's degree in physical therapy. She has been a Physical Therapist with a large focus on aquatics since 1995. Kiki works at a nonprofit, St. Croix Therapy (Therapeutic Services for Children and Adults) in Hudson, Wisconsin and has over 20 years of experience developing and implementing aquatic therapy programs for a diverse population.

Kiki teaches custom seminars nationally and internationally for Aquatic Therapy University (ATU) and recently for her own company, North Star Aquatic Therapy.

Kiki is certified in Halliwick, Bad Ragaz, Ai Chi and Cranio-sacral Therapy. Kiki has her Aquaticist℠ credential’s from ATU. Kiki is an adjunct professor at St. Catherine’s University for over 20 years and teaches Pediatric Coursework for their Physical Therapy Assistant Program.

 

CEUs

Approved for 8 contact hours or 0.8 CEUs

 

Location

South Point Hotel and Casino
9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89183

 

Cost

Registration received by September 27, 2019

$300 APTA  members
$480 Non-members

Add $100 for late registration.

Cancellation

All cancellation requests must be received in writing – no exceptions. A full refund, less 20% service fee, if cancellation is received 14 days prior to the start of the course. No refunds after September 27, 2019.