Our aquatic therapy service incorporates a combination of aquatic rehabilitation and Halliwick therapy, which is delivered based on the needs of the individual. Therapy sessions are completed in large groups and involve different games and activities designed to teach children and adults how to control their body positions and breathing in the water.
Training is offered to volunteers and new parents to enable them to feel confident in the water and maximise the effect of the therapy for their child. Service users who learn how to swim are then supported to join a local disability sport group and provided with further specialist swimming training.
This service provides professional evaluation and provision, where possible, of specialist equipment for people with disabilities. The clinic is run by two local physiotherapists and a wheelchair technician and on average 5 people are seen a week. The service focuses on seating for children and adults with specialised postural needs; however, it also caters for children, adults and their families who need advice, education, support and specialist equipment such as crutches, walking frames and occupational therapy equipment.
In addition, families are able to attend up to 4 sessions with the physiotherapist and receive a personalised home exercise program and advice for working with their child. All the equipment we use has been donated from the UK and is checked, repaired if needed and then donated. Once the family has finished with the equipment it can be returned, cleaned and checked and then is ready to re-donate again.