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Noted by her Therapists•Increased Large Muscle GroupStrength•Increased Core Strength &Stability     •Decreased Rigidity   ...
• Increased Large Muscle Group Strength• Increased Core Strength & Stability* VISCOSITY OF THE WATER    • ARMS = “Reach up...
Not thought to ever happen… and have since swimming:•Talking•Dressing/Undressing self              OTHER PLUSES…•Enjoying ...
•Talking* VESTIBULAR SYSTEM – ACTIVATES FRONTAL LOBES* TACTILE•Dressing and Undressing* MOTOR PLANNING    •Complex sensory...
• Body Awareness• Learning Strokes• Following Directions
• Body Awareness* VESTIBULAR SYSTEM – ACTIVATES VESTIBULAR NERVE* PROPRIOCEPTION• Learning Strokes* MOTOR PLANNING    •Com...
• Butterfly Stroke• Verbalize Needs, Wants & Fears• Negotiation Skills
• Learning Strokes* MOTOR PLANNING    •Complex sensory integration because it requires so much focus and    concentration*...
• Extremely giving          • Muscle Improvement• Outgoing                  • Unable to do basic life skills• Started very...
• Learning Strokes* MOTOR PLANNING    •Complex sensory integration because it requires so much focus and    concentration*...
• Processing &Memory Issues• EnhancedCognitive Abilities• TranscendedGross Motor Areas
• Processing & Memory Issues* MOVEMENT!   •Bilateral Cross Patterning• Enhanced Cognitive Abilities•VESTIBULAR MOVEMENT   ...
• Body Awareness          • Motor Planning• Increased Muscle Tone   •Balance & Coordination
•Learning Skills* MOTOR PLANNING    •Complex sensory integration because it requires so much focus and    concentration* T...
• Body Awareness* VESTIBULAR    • Activates Cerebellum    •Somersaults* PROPRIOCEPTION    • Crab walks on parallel barsSom...
"Connecting the Dots" by Melissa Sutton- Adapted Aquatics Conference 2012
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  1. 1. Noted by her Therapists•Increased Large Muscle GroupStrength•Increased Core Strength &Stability •Decreased Rigidity •Increased Vocabulary Noted by Parents/Caregivers •More Calm (She stopped pulling my hai r – Yea!) •Increased Happiness •Increased Trust
  2. 2. • Increased Large Muscle Group Strength• Increased Core Strength & Stability* VISCOSITY OF THE WATER • ARMS = “Reach up; Hold on” • LEGS = “Push Down; Stand Up”• Decreased Rigidity* TEMPERATURE OF THE WATER* FIRM PRESSURE• Increased Vocabulary* VESTIBULAR SYSTEM – ACTIVATES FRONTAL LOBES* TACTILE•More Calm, Increased Happiness & Trust* HYDROSTATIC PRESSURE OF THE WATER* FIRM PRESSURE
  3. 3. Not thought to ever happen… and have since swimming:•Talking•Dressing/Undressing self OTHER PLUSES…•Enjoying water •Increased self confidence •Jumping in the water •Tries new things •Floating •Increased Independence •Following directions near water •Better ability to deal with situation changes
  4. 4. •Talking* VESTIBULAR SYSTEM – ACTIVATES FRONTAL LOBES* TACTILE•Dressing and Undressing* MOTOR PLANNING •Complex sensory integration because it requires so much focus and concentration* TACTILE•VESTIBULAR* PROPRIOCEPTIVE
  5. 5. • Body Awareness• Learning Strokes• Following Directions
  6. 6. • Body Awareness* VESTIBULAR SYSTEM – ACTIVATES VESTIBULAR NERVE* PROPRIOCEPTION• Learning Strokes* MOTOR PLANNING •Complex sensory integration because it requires so much focus and concentration* TACTILE•VESTIBULAR* PROPRIOCEPTIVE• Following Directions* AUDITORY PROCESSING • Aided by spinning (VESIBULAR) • Climbing out (heavy sensory input to joints (PROPRIOCEPTION)
  7. 7. • Butterfly Stroke• Verbalize Needs, Wants & Fears• Negotiation Skills
  8. 8. • Learning Strokes* MOTOR PLANNING •Complex sensory integration because it requires so much focus and concentration* TACTILE•VESTIBULAR* PROPRIOCEPTIVE• Verbalize Needs, Wants and Fears•VESTIBULAR SYSTEM – ACTIVATES FRONTAL LOBES* TACTILE• Negotiation Skills* VESTIBULAR SYSTEM – ACTIVATES PREFRONTAL CORTEX • Reasoning, judgement, high level thinking
  9. 9. • Extremely giving • Muscle Improvement• Outgoing • Unable to do basic life skills• Started very firghtened • Increased ability to Motor Plan
  10. 10. • Learning Strokes* MOTOR PLANNING •Complex sensory integration because it requires so much focus and concentration* TACTILE•VESTIBULAR* PROPRIOCEPTIVE• Increased Large Muscle Group Strength* VISCOSITY OF THE WATER
  11. 11. • Processing &Memory Issues• EnhancedCognitive Abilities• TranscendedGross Motor Areas
  12. 12. • Processing & Memory Issues* MOVEMENT! •Bilateral Cross Patterning• Enhanced Cognitive Abilities•VESTIBULAR MOVEMENT •Organizes Nervous System•BILATERAL CROSS PATTERNING MOVEMENTS• Increased Large Muscle Group Strength* VISCOSITY OF THE WATER
  13. 13. • Body Awareness • Motor Planning• Increased Muscle Tone •Balance & Coordination
  14. 14. •Learning Skills* MOTOR PLANNING •Complex sensory integration because it requires so much focus and concentration* TACTILE* VESTIBULAR* PROPRIOCEPTIVE• Increased Large Muscle Group Strength* VISCOSITY OF THE WATER •ARMS = “Reach up; Hold on” (Pool deck) • LEGS = “Push Down; Stand Up” (Stairs) CROSS-TRAIN! •ARMS = “Reach up; Hold on” (High bar & Rings)•Balance & Coordination* VESTIBULAR • Activates Cerebellum* PROPRIOCEPTION • Crab walks on parallel bars
  15. 15. • Body Awareness* VESTIBULAR • Activates Cerebellum •Somersaults* PROPRIOCEPTION • Crab walks on parallel barsSomething to Note:Two parents specifically mentioned theirchild’s ability or increased ability to ride abike. Both never thought this to be possibleand attribute it to their work with us inconjunction with their child’s other therapies.(Pedaling, steering and breaking)
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