Adaptive Swimming and Aquatic Therapy Aquatic therapy refers to group of water based treatments or exercises for therapeutic benefit (strengthening, endurance, physical rehabilitation). Aquatic therapy is performed by a trained physical or occupational therapist and is often performed in a temperature controlled (warm) water. Adaptive swimming is participation in a swimming class (private, semi-private or group) with a trained swim instructor (not a trained therapist). Adaptive swimming classes are modified to individual students needs and generally do not follow standardized levels requiring specific skills for progression.
Angelfish offers two types of classes: aquatic therapy and Swim Whisperer program. In the Aquatic therapy classes, treatment is performed in the water by qualified PT/OT to aid in the restoration, extension, and maintenance of an individual’s quality function, improve motor skills and promote self regulation. A portion of class may be covered by insurance, but often requires out of pocket payment. In the Swim Whisperer program, instructors are trained to provide swim lesson instruction for children to learn to be safe, independent swimmers. The focus is on swim skill acquisition, water safety and confidence in the water. These instructors are not licensed therapists – they are swim instructors. Children begin in a 30-minute private lessons and then work to progress through to a semi-private lesson. After success in the semi-private lesson children will be prepared for a community swim class of 4-6 children. Our goal is help transition your child from our program to a community class.
Angelfish offers lessons in several locations in the Boston area: Boston Marriott Burlington
YMCA Swimming Program Several locations offer adaptive swimming lessons with small staff to child ratio and focus on skill development versus progression through standardized levels. Website: www.theemarc.org Phone: (781) 942-4888 Email: Rec@theemarc.org
Locations that offer adaptive swimming: North Suburban YMCA: 137 Lexington St, Woburn, MA 01801 Phone: 78-935-3270 Charles River YMCA: 380 Chestnut St, Needham, MA 02492 Phone:(781) 449-6646 Burbank YMCA: 36 Arthur B. Lord Drive, Reading, MA 01867 Phone: 781-944-9622 Reading Burbank YMCA also offers adapted aquatics through the ARC program
Franciscan Hospital for Children Provides outpatient aquatic therapy performed by a physical therapist in a specially designed adaptive pool (warm temperature, elevating/lowering floor to allow for height adjustments, treadmill in the water). Contact for more details.
Natick Wellesley S.T.A.R.S. Wellesley S.T.A.R.S., Inc. offers comprehensive swim training and a competitive swim program for children and adults with special needs from Wellesley and surrounding towns, from January to June each year. Members of STARS often compete in the Special Olympics. Website: http://www.wellesleystars.org Contact: Karen Bernardo Email: Kcbernard2@aol.com