Healing in Motion: Pediatric Aquatic Therapy at Hasbro Children’s Hospital

Hasbro Children’s Hospital is leading the way in pediatric aquatic therapy with its SwimEx therapy pool. This innovative tool is helping young patients in a safe, effective, and fun way.

Versatile Pediatric Aquatic Therapy Pool

Bill Shaughnessy, a Physical Therapist at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, highlights the pool’s versatility. “It’s great to have the ability to work in different depths,” said Bill. “Whether I’m working on my knees and a child is standing, or I’m standing in five-foot-deep water and the child is on a two-foot-deep platform, having that flexibility with the SwimEx pool is very helpful.” Therapists can tailor sessions to each child’s specific needs and comfort levels.

Emotional and Physical Benefits of Pediatric Aquatic Therapy

The SwimEx pool goes beyond physical benefits. It provides a safe and comfortable environment for both children and their families. “Sometimes, parent participation is essential,” said Bill. “However, the pool also allows parents to feel secure relinquishing their child to a therapist for therapy in the water.” This emotional trust is a vital component of the child’s rehabilitation.

The Paddlewheel Advantage

The SwimEx paddlewheel current is a playful partner in progress. With its adjustable resistance, physical therapists can guide a child’s movements. And the water’s natural buoyancy provides support. This resistance can also build strength as the child works against the adjustable current. The calming effect of moving water is another benefit. Being in the pool creates a safe and soothing environment for children.

The Therapeutic Power of Play

Hasbro believes in the power of play as a therapeutic tool. “They come in the water to play, but they’re really doing a lot of therapeutic work,” said Bill. Kids love going to these therapy sessions! They have so much fun while getting stronger and happier.

Empowering Young Bodies

The SwimEx pool at Hasbro is a unique resource in the area. Children with various medical conditions can receive specialized care they might not find elsewhere.

Meet Noah! Noah was diagnosed with Nail-Patella Syndrome, kidney issues, and ortho issues. Watch how SwimEx and the Hasbro team help Noah with sit-to-stand transfers, kneeling postures, and dynamic balance.

Meet Lucas! Diagnosed with post-surgical residual range of motion difficulties, Lucas focuses on upper extremity mobility, improving total body movement, trunk strengthening, and boosting self-confidence.

Meet Joseph! Diagnosed with Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy, Joseph’s exercises include ball toss on a platform, half kneeling, sit-to-stand transitions, and skipping in the water, all aimed at improving his strength and mobility.

Meet Braiden! Diagnosed with Spastic Quadriplegia, Braiden uses the pool for dynamic stretching, neuromuscular inhibition, reciprocal inhibition, and to facilitate developmental postures. These therapies help improve his flexibility and overall movement.

The dedicated team at Hasbro Children’s Hospital is committed to providing the best possible care for young patients. They are making a significant positive impact on the lives of young patients and their families.

For more information about their pediatric aquatic therapy program, visit Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

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