North Star Aquatic Therapy

Quench your Thirst for Aquatic Therapy Knowledge

Aquatic Sensory & Motor Integration 

for the Pediatric Therapist

 Location:  Hudson, WI (Located approximately 30 minutes from Minneapolis, MN)

 Dates:  October 26-27, 2019

                       Hours:  16 hours   

                       Credits through FSBPT:  16 CCUs (Approve for 20 CCUs in WI and MN)

                       Instructor:  Kiki Dickinson, MPT, PAqI

                       ATU Course #:  PS801

                       Cost:  $595

Description


Brought to you by Aquatic Therapy University and North Star Aquatic Therapy. A 16 hour training module with over 8 hours in the water packed into 2 days. Designed to teach therapists how to transition their therapy pool into a sensory and motor planning room. Extrapolated from the 16 treatment station concept, therapists will harness the use of common everyday items to create a sensory effect and to achieve a functional motor response. Each exercise and activity will be examined from the perspective of all the senses: vestibular, tactile, proprioceptive, visual and auditory. The latest aquatic research will be explored and analyzed. This course is primarily designed to provide hands-on experience in order to promote skilled aquatic treatment of children with motor planning issues, poor body awareness, poor focus/attention, impaired postural stability, difficulty with bilateral coordination and those with cognitive disabilities.


Learning Objectives


Identify 1 model program known for its use of sensory stimulation in water.

After learning foundational principles, generate 1-2 reasons why sensory and motor integration is a natural fit for many aquatic settings.

Compare and contrast the relative benefits of 3-4 items, available in pediatric clinics, which can be used to transform a pool into a sensory and motor room.

Without assistance from instructor, create a specialized shopping list of items which can be inexpensively purchased at a Dollar Store (lecture) and used in the pool setting.

After being provided with examples, craft a unique sample home program for parents/caregivers who wish to incorporate 3-4 sensory/motor tasks in the shower, bathtub or community pool.

Describe where to obtain hands-on training in 1-2 techniques (such as NDT, Watsu or Halliwick).

Without assistance from instructor, correctly perform 1-2 aquatic tasks or activities which can be appropriately performed at each of 16 stations in the pool.

Analyze the respective merits of 1-2 aquatic activities in order to increase or diminish:

·         vestibular input

·         tactile input

·         proprioceptive input

·         auditory input

·         visual input

and implement appropriately in a lab setting.

Using role playing, implement a unique 15-minute aquatic treatment plan for 1 of the most common pediatric diagnoses discussed in class.

Design at least 1 skilled progression of an aquatic treatment protocol as described in a case study discussed in class.



Target Audience


This course is within the scope of practice of the PT, PTA, OT, COTA and SLP working in aquatic therapy. 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.

Applicability for PTs/PTAs

CPT Code 97113 (Aquatic Therapy) is a designated code for the technique of aquatic therapy. Aquatic therapy is a recognized procedure by the American Medical Association, the American Physical Therapy Association and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Physical therapists and assistants are recognized providers of aquatic therapy in all states and by most payers, including Medicare and Medicaid. The provision of aquatic therapy is not entry-level knowledge; providers need specialized training to practice with this population in the unique environment provided by a therapy pool. This course is within the scope of practice of the Physical Therapist and PTA 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 the Physical Therapist Assistant working under the supervision of the Physical Therapist The clinical decision making that occurs during the course is done as a facilitated project which pairs PTs and PTAs working as teams.

Applicability for OTs/OTAs

CPT Code 97113 (Aquatic Therapy) is a designated code for the technique of aquatic therapy. Aquatic therapy is a recognized procedure by the American Medical Association, the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Occupational therapists and assistants are recognized providers of aquatic therapy in all states and by most payers, including Medicare and Medicaid.The provision of aquatic therapy is not entry-level knowledge; providers need specialized training to practice with this population in the unique environment provided by a therapy pool. Rehabilitation providers, such as the Occupational Therapist and Assistant, who count the therapeutic procedure aquatic therapy within their scope of practice will find the training beneficial.

Applicability for Other Providers

CPT Code 97113 (Aquatic Therapy) is a designated code for the technique of aquatic therapy. Aquatic therapy is a recognized procedure by the American Medical Association, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and many professional associations. Health care providers who are permitted to work hands-on with patients/client and who count aquatic therapy within their scope of practice will find the training beneficial.


Schedule


DAY 1
7:30-8:00 Registration
8:00-12:00 Lecture and Land Lab (15 minute energy break at 10:00)
12:00-1:00 – Change and eat lunch
1:00-3:15 – Pool Lab
3:15-3:30 – Energy Break
3:30-5:30 – Pool Lab
5:30-5:45 – Wrap-up & Discussion

DAY 2
8:00-12:00 Lecture and Land Lab (15 minute energy break at 10:00)
12:00-1:00 – Change and eat lunch
1:00-3:15 – Pool Lab
3:15-3:30 – Energy Break
3:30-5:30 – Pool Lab
5:30-5:45 – Wrap-up & Discussion



Lecture Location:


Ameriprise Financial Building

The Overlook Room

86 Coulee Road

Hudson, WI 54016


Lab Location:

St. Croix Therapy

742 Sterbenz Drive

Hudson, WI 54016


Meet your Instructor

Kiki Dickinson, MPT,  PAqI

 


Tracks: Pediatric/ Neuro/ Ortho/ Speech


Kathleen (Kiki) Dickinson, MPT graduated from the College of St. Catherine with a master's degree in physical therapy. She has been a Pediatric Physical Therapist since 1995. Kiki works at St. Croix Therapy (Therapeutic Services for Children and Adults) in Hudson, Wisconsin and has 20+ years of experience developing and implementing aquatic therapy programs for a diverse pediatric population which includes working with children of all ages including the birth-to-three population.

Kiki teaches custom seminars nationally and internationally for Aquatic Therapy University (ATU)  with an emphasis on the neuro pediatric population. Kiki has helped develop course manuals for several pediatric courses for ATU. Recently Kiki and her business partner Kim Gordon have established their own company North Star Aquatic Therapy offering aquatic therapy courses for both the pediatric and adult populations.

Kiki is certified in Halliwick, Bad Ragaz, Ai Chi and Cranio-sacral Therapy. Kiki has her Aquaticist℠ credential’s from ATU. Kiki is an adjunct professor at St. Catherine’s University for over 20 years and teaches Pediatric Coursework for their Physical Therapy Assistant Program.



Cancellation Policy

CANCELLATION POLICY:

Programming Changes: Due to unforeseen circumstances, ATU schedules, instructors and/or meals may need to be changed without notice.


Cancellation of Class By ATU: ATU classes may be cancelled for low registration up to 30 days prior to the class. In this event, a full refund of class tuition or a voucher to another class will be issued to students. ATU does not reimburse change fees, airline tickets or any other travel related expenses, so please do not make plans until you receive the 30-day confirmation prior to the conference.


Cancellation of Class by Student:  A refund, minus a $175 reseating fee, will be given for student cancellations made prior to 30 days before the conference. No refunds will be given for cancellations received after 30 day deadline. In the event of a student cancellation after the deadline, enrollment fees may be transferred to other ATU courses within 12 months at no charge.