Our kid's hydrotherapy program commenced in 2010 and is open to children who are registered with our children's service. We run 2 x 6 week blocks a year for three different age groups; babies and toddlers, children 3- 6years and 7- 12 years. Sessions are run during the year in Brisbane. Children in regional areas of Queensland are also invited to attend the programs held in Brisbane or are offered the program when SBH teams are on regional visits. Click here for details of current hydrotherapy programs.
The groups are run by occupational therapists and physiotherapists who are also assisted by other professional members of our multi-disciplinary team (social workers, speech pathologists and education advisors). Parents and carers are also welcome.
The program is individualised to suit children participating . Primary goals include:
- Core strength
- Motor planning
- Water confidence
- Water safety
Our program focusses on children developing confidence in getting in and out of the pool as well as water immersion. Floating and kicking , hand-eye coordination, oro-motor and breath control are also key elements of the activities. Sessions embed learning activities such as emergent literacy and numeracy tasks - all done in the water for fun!
Group activities in a supportive environment help children experience social interaction with their peers and develop their listening and turn taking skills at the same time. Parents and carers are able to gain a greater understanding of how their child’s body moves and earn a repertoire of activities to do with their child in the pool.
What about school aged children accessing school based swim programs ?
Our hydrotherapy program is an excellent precursor for and support to school swimming programs. Our team are happy to provide assistance and advice around swimming activities for children at school. For older students who want to improve their skills, maintain their fitness and physical strength or access pools as a recreational pursuit, SBH is happy to provide relevant information.
- Children's Services
- SBH Booklet - Swimming for children with spina bifida
- Continence and swimming
- Accessible aquatic facilities