Aquatic Therapy Options for Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Disabilities & the Medically-Fragile Patient

May 21-22, 2022
8:00 AM- 5:00 PM Saturday

8:00 AM- 5:00 PM Sunday




Course Description

This 16 hour in-service is packed into two days and is good for 16 CCUs. It is designed to demonstrate the advanced skills necessary to bring aquatics to the child, adolescent, and adult with cerebral palsy, developmental delay, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, muscular dystrophy or other medically-fragile or profoundly involved conditions. Includes findings from published literature to help convince skittish medical personnel (and parents) of the benefits of aquatics.

Shows therapists the “nuts and bolts” of teaching techniques to parents and caregivers. Offers insight into “where to go next” for the therapist who has tried everything he or she knows and has run out of ideas. Provides tips on working with the medically-fragile infants, children, and adults with medical devices (ventilator tubes, IVs, g-tubes, and oxygen) in and around water. Includes information on reimbursement for aquatic therapy, both at the infant, child, and adult level.

Course Objectives

To be provided at a later date

About the Instructor

Kathleen (Kiki) Dickinson, MPT, PAqI, graduated from the College of St. Catherine with a master's degree in physical therapy. She has worked as a physical therapist since 1995. Over the last decade, her clinic has expanded and developed aquatic therapy programs for both pediatric and adult neuro and ortho populations with an emphasis on individuals with chronic pain and more medically complicated clients.

Kiki works at St. Croix Therapy (Therapeutic Services for Children and Adults) in Hudson, Wisconsin, and has 19 years of experience developing and implementing aquatic therapy programs for a diverse population which includes working with children of all ages including the birth-to-three population and adults with both neuro and orthopedic complaints.

For over ten years, Kiki has devoted one day per week in the SNF/TCU setting working with the geriatric and general debilitation population. Her caseload featured a high concentration of patients with psychological issues, including schizophrenia, and a full unit of patients on ventilators.

Kiki has over 15 years of on call experience in a high-level acute care setting, with both pediatric and adult patients (University of Minnesota Hospital). Kiki is certified in the Universal Exercise Unit/Therasuit Method and Craniosacral Therapy. She has been an adjunct professor at St. Catherine's University for over ten years and teaches Pediatric Coursework for their Physical Therapy Assistant Program.

Kiki helped develop ATU's novel “Aquatic Therapy for the Speech Therapist” class in 2010. This first-of-its-kind class combined a positioning lab (taught by PT) with a speech and language skills lab (taught by a SLP). It appears to be the first class to be granted ASHA CEU credits.

Kiki teaches custom seminars across the USA and in China/Hong Kong for Aquatic Therapy University with an emphasis on chronic pain, complex diagnoses, and neurologically involved populations.


Day One

07:30-08:00 Course Sign-in/Continental Breakfast

08:00-12:00 Lecture

12:00-01:00 Lunch (provided) and change for pool

01:00-05:00 Lecture

Day Two

07:30-08:00 Course Sign-in/Continental Breakfast

08:00-12:00 Lecture

12:00-01:00 Lunch (provided) and change for pool

01:00-05:00 Lecture

A 15-minute break will be provided each morning and afternoon.


The Blue Lagune Therapy
1115 Ave D
Katy, Texas 77494


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Who Should Attend





16 contact hours or CCU's