Children at Functional Kids Clinic have the opportunity to have their speech, occupational and/or physical therapy in a therapeutic salt water pool in Hudson, Wisconsin.Functional Kids Clinic – HudsonAt Points of Stillness2705 Enloe StreetHudson, WI 54106Our therapists are trained to utilize the unique properties of water to enhance gains met on land. Speech therapists are able to work on oral motor skills such as blowing, lip rounding and closure, and coordinated breath holding. These skills can aid in articulation, feeding and language. The water naturally gives the child resistive inhaling and aides in forced exhalation that facilitates length of utterance. All language concepts including spatial, temporal, verb usage, grammar, articulation, concepts, etc. can be targeted in the pool atmosphere.
Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists are able to utilize the therapeutic properties of water to improve neurosensory processing, motor skill development, postural control, muscle tone, strength, body awareness and self cares. The child is able to work on specific grooming and hygiene tasks along with dressing in order to prepare and finish the session.
Physical Therapists use aquatic therapy to help a child improve their balance, strength, coordination, joint proprioception, gait, range of motion, pain and healing, posture, muscle tone, and overall mobility. Aquatic therapy provides freedom for movement or activities that the child may not be able to perform on land.
So, why work in water versus a regular treatment space?The combination of buoyancy, resistance, and hydrostatic pressure provided by the water, results in improved sensory integration. It aides in postural control, resistance to movement, and vestibular stimulation produced in a reduced gravity environment increase arousal, attention and focus for optimal learning. The water is also very motivational and the desire for communication is heightened.
Our aquatic therapy services are located at Points of Stillness in Hudson WI.