Venturing Into the Waters Thank you so very much for the “Water Works” article in the December 2015 issue. I have been providing speech-language treatment in an aquatic setting with a variety of clients with severe limitations (cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism, cerebrovascular accident, etc.) in my practice since 1986 and have been teaching ... Inbox
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Venturing Into the Waters
The ASHA Leader, February 2016, Vol. 21, 6. doi:10.1044/leader.IN2.21022016.6
The ASHA Leader, February 2016, Vol. 21, 6. doi:10.1044/leader.IN2.21022016.6
Thank you so very much for the “Water Works” article in the December 2015 issue.
I have been providing speech-language treatment in an aquatic setting with a variety of clients with severe limitations (cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism, cerebrovascular accident, etc.) in my practice since 1986 and have been teaching a professional development course on the method since January 2002.
I am excited to know of other colleagues venturing into the waters, so to speak!
After experiencing an “aha!” moment during a session with a child with severe cerebral palsy—using neurodevelopmental handling techniques that led us into a warm water pool—I took courses to become a Watsu (a form of floating and stretching in warm water) practitioner to handle clients with severe impairments in water. Through co-treating, training and consulting with physical, occupational and aquatic therapists, I have developed techniques for treating the sensory and motor issues that underlie communication disorders by using the inherent properties of water (buoyancy, compression, etc.) to increase sensation, movement, vocalization and communication.
Thank you for sharing your work and for making my day!
Susan B. Nachimson, Garberville, California

We’re glad you enjoyed the article. The January issue also includes an article on water-based treatment—with aquatic mammals.

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