The Use of Aquatic Environment for Children with Disabilities
Keywords:Adapted aquatics, water exercise, child, hydrotherapy, disabilities
The aquatic environment provides a series of hydrostatic and hydrodynamic characteristics that make exercise feasible for children with disabilities, who may not be able to perform movements against gravity when out of the water. An aquatic program should include learning to move in water and basic swimming skills, to keep the children safe and allow them to participate in recreational activities outside of therapy. In addition, before starting, it is important to consider safety and assess the degree of assistance needed from the moment the children prepares for classes in the locker room to the moment they leave the swimming pool building. Working in an aquatic environment requires special attention in terms of the applied support. With appropriate support, children can comfortably and effectively interact with parents and guardians, the environment and their peers. Many scientific studies confirm that the aquatic environment has positive effects for children with disabilities.
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