Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
1. Participate in an open forum discussion on the emergence of the therapy pool as a viable treatment venue for the SLP (forum)
2. Make a 3 minute verbal “case” for providing speech therapy services in the water.
3. Locate and describe what ASHA, state laws, and payers have to say (if anything) about SLPs working in water (lecture)
4. Recite 5-6 aquatic precautions and contraindications specific to the speech patient (lecture).
5. Outline 1-2 ways to divide labor and schedule pool-time when all three disciplines are involved in a patient’s care. Describe 1-2 ways that the goals of water-based OT, PT, and speech should differ (lecture)
6. Determine under what conditions an adult should be considered for aquatic speech therapy (lecture)
7. Craft a sample home program for parents/caregivers who wish to incorporate 3-4 speech-related tasks in the shower, bathtub or community pool. Be able to share with parents where they can obtain additional training materials (lecture)
8. Describe why aquatic therapy may be the treatment of choice if (a) the patient has poor respiratory support and control for speech, (b) the patient is difficult to position for therapy; or (d) the patient is unwilling or unable to vocalize on land (lecture)
9. Demonstrate 2-3 effective positions to work with adult and pediatric clients in the water (lab)
10. Perform 3-4 aquatic therapeutic movements, tasks, or exercises designed to: