Rainbow Centre Training & Consultancy

[WSG] : Aqua Therapy for Persons with Disabilities

Workforce Singapore (WSG) Funding is applicable to Singaporeans and PR physiotherapists and occupational therapists, working with persons with disabilities.

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This 4-day training on hydrotherapy is designed to provide hands-on experience in skilled aquatic treatment of children with cognitive and physical disabilities. Each day of training comprises a classroom session in the morning followed by a pool lab session in the afternoon.  

The first two days will focus on transitioning therapy pool into a sensory and motor planning room. Extrapolated from the 16-treatment station concept, therapists will harness the use of common everyday items to create a sensory effect and to achieve a functional motor response. Each exercise and activity will be examined from the perspective of all the senses: vestibular, tactile, proprioceptive, visual and auditory. The latest aquatic research will be explored and analysed.

The next two days demonstrate advanced skills in bringing aquatics to the child, adolescent and adult with cerebral palsy, developmental delays, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, muscular dystrophy or other medically fragile or profoundly involved conditions. Findings from published literature on the benefits of aquatics will also be examined.

Participants who complete the training will receive certifications from Aquatic Therapy University for

  • Aquatic Sensory & Motor Integration for the Pediatric Therapist.
  • Aquatic therapy options for Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Disabilities and the Medically Fragile


Learning Outcomes

 Participants will be able to:

  • Identify 1 model program known for its use of sensory stimulation in water
  • Describe the benefits of aquatic therapy for Feeding, Movement, Socialization, and Sensation
  • Explain why sensory and motor integration is a natural fit for many aquatic settings
  • Compare and contrast the relative benefits of items used to transform a pool into a sensory and motor room
  • Choose proper equipment, water temperature, and procedures for working with children with cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, developmental disabilities
  • Identify potential risks or adverse events which might occur with the use of aquatic therapy with the medically fragile or profoundly involved children
  • Design and implement a 15-minute aquatic treatment plan (including      equipment selection)
  • Perform 1-2 aquatic tasks or activities which can be appropriately performed at each of 16 stations in the pool
  • Design at least 1 skilled progression of an aquatic treatment protocol
  • Progress a specific aquatic task from a lower level of function towards increased independence
  • Craft a unique sample home program for parents/caregivers who wish to incorporate 3-4 sensory/motor tasks in the shower, bathtub or community pool


WSG Funding  requirements :

1. Participants are required to submit an implementation plan to WSG through Rainbow Centre Training and Consultancy 3 months after this course. This can be in the form of an aquatic treatment plan that is covered during the course. A template will be provided during the course.

 2.  Failure to submit an implementation may result in clawing back of funding.

 3. WSG and/or its nominated representatives may request for full access to information of trainees when deemed necessary for the purposes of conducting effective surveys or audits in relation to this course.