"Save a Life" by Sue Nelson- Adapted Aquatics Conference 2012

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"Save a Life" by Sue Nelson- Adapted Aquatics Conference 2012

  1. 1. International Adapted Aquatics Conference April 30th, May 1st, 2012 SAVE A LIFE
  2. 2. Who Am I and Who Are You?• Sue Nelson – Aquatic Program Specialist – Coach – Aquatic Fitness Center Co-owner – Aquatic Development Therapist – Aquatic Fitness Professional – Consultant – Who are you and why are you here?
  3. 3. Aquatic Developmental Therapy/ExerciseDefine: Development TherapyDefine: Aquatic Development TherapyResult: Health & Wellness
  4. 4. Aquatic Developmental Wellness ProgramCREATING RIPPLES PROGRAM • Bridge the Gap • Empower the parent
  5. 5. Wellness Component From Therapy to WellnessWho is addressing?Why Early Intervention? “It’s not just about the Olympics”
  6. 6. Creating Ripples ProgramObjectives of Aquatic Developmental Wellness Program • Parents will learn: – about water being therapeutic – techniques for handling child in water – importance of play and Brain Development – principles of water – safety in and around all pools and water – best flotation devices – movement and exercise for development
  7. 7. Creating Ripples Program STRATEGIES• Parent Involvement• Direct hands on service• Training for use in pools, tubs, spas, etc.• Play based therapy• GOAL = getting parent and child in an independent program
  8. 8. • Water Session Format – Entry – Water Adjustment – Body Work – Functional Skills – Games – Exit
  9. 9. • Addressing …… – Cognitive skills – Expressive language – Fine motor skills – Gross motor skills – Personal/Social skills – Sensory integration
  10. 10. A few disabilities that can benefit• Fragile X Syndrome • Spinal cord injury• Anglemann’s • CHARGE Syndrome • Rett• Spina Bifida • Fetal alcohol• Hydrocephaus Syndrome• Schizencephaly • Brachioplexus at birth• Stroke• Traumatic brain injury • Cerebral Palsy • Muscular Dystrophy
  11. 11. Local Interagency Council - LICAn organization in which families, localservice providers, and interested communitymembers meet to support a family centerssystem of services for children with specialneeds.Main focus is usually forchildren “Birth to 3 yrs.” butmay be extended.
  12. 12. Service providers …..• educator and resource provider• link to services• partner in the child’s services• assistant to the familyGoal = enhance child’sdevelopment
  13. 13. Part C Early Intervention servicesare developmental and meet needs for ….• physical development• cognitive development• communication development• social and emotional development• adaptive development
  14. 14. Some terms …..CollaborationCommunity boardOutcomesNatural EnvironmentIFSP (Individual Family Service Plan)EI services
  15. 15. International Adapted Aquatics Conference April 30th, May 1st, 2011 SAVE A LIFE snelson@usaswimming.org

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