Hands-on Aquatic Therapy Techniques for the Ortho/Neuro Therapist - VIRTUAL LECTURE & IN-PERSON POOL LAB

January 22 & March 5, 2022

8:00 AM- 5:00 PM Saturday - VIRTUAL LECTURE

8:00 AM- 5:00 PM Saturday - IN-PERSON POOL LAB




Course Description

Get ready to get stuffed, saturated, and wrinkled! This 'how to' seminar will put your body in the pool for two unbelievably extensive days of skill acquisition (16 hours of class; over ten hours of pool lab). Think of this as the Appetizer Sampler of Aquatic Therapy seminars. You will be exposed to ten popular aquatic techniques currently used in clinics across the globe -- and learn two or three new ones. Why sit for 16 hours of lecture on theory? Instead, get in the water and learn hands-on handling techniques that will leave you with new, concrete skills and the confidence to apply them to your patients with musculoskeletal and neurological disorders. And, you'll have a blast doing it.





This course is within the scope of practice of the PT, PTA, OT, and COTA working in aquatic therapy (CPT code 97113). This course does not focus on evaluation or examination of the patient and thus, the content is within the scope of practice for Assistants working under the supervision of PTs or OTs. The clinical decision making that occurs during the course is done as a facilitated project which pairs therapists and assistants working as teams. While the primary audience for the course is stated above, other rehabilitation providers, such as the recreational therapist and athletic trainer, who count the therapeutic procedure aquatic therapy within their scope of practice will find it beneficial.

Course Objectives

At the end of this seminar, the participant will be able to:

1. Design a 3-step plan to improve patient satisfaction when providing aquatic therapy services.
2. Verbally compare precautions of aquatic therapy for 2-3 common orthopedic or neurological conditions.
3. Using the PEDro scale, appraise the merit of a published study which supports the need to address patient satisfaction in order to improve outcomes.
4. Make an evidence-supported argument about the value of 2-3 exercise regimes based on the studies presented in class.
5. Demonstrate the ability to manipulate 2-3 hydrodynamic properties (e.g. alter effect of buoyancy/viscosity/pressure on patient) during pool lab on command
6. Demonstrate the ability to perform at least 1 aquatic skill from each of the following techniques learned in class:

  • progressive resistive exercise,
  • proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation,
  • active stretching,
  • trunk stabilization,
  • functional skills training,
  • Salzman Blanket Drills,
  • Aquatic Adaptations of the Berg,
  • passive stretching and manual therapy

and exercises/flows loosely based on Watsu, T'ai Chi, Yoga, Pilates, adapted aquatics.
7. Execute a 15 minute mock treatment session in the pool, using role play, including making corrections to a partner's execution of these techniques.
8. In a pool lab session, teach at least 1 method to do each of the following: increase ROM, improve strength, decrease hypertonicity, decrease pain, improve trunk stability, improve balance and proprioception, and improve functional skills.

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.


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16 contact hours or CCU's