Therapy Junction therapists are trained to utilize the unique properties of water to further enhance functional gains and performance on land.
Occupational therapists harness the therapeutic properties of water to improve neurosensory processing, postural control, reflex integration, motor skill development, coordination, muscle tone, strength, endurance, oral motor skills, body awareness, and self cares. Self-cares are a natural part of aquatic therapy as the child can work on specific grooming and hygiene tasks along with dressing in order to prepare and finish the session.
Speech therapists get a chance to work on oral motor control for managing lip closure, blowing, and coordinating breath holding. The water naturally provides resistance to inhalation and facilitates exhalation which improves the length of utterance and can be used to improve diaphramic breathing for improved voice production. The water is also extremely motivating which increases arousal level and desire for communication. Therapists are able to properly position the children with greater ease for improved oral motor control and language production.