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Aquatic Therapy for the Speech Therapist

81 pgs
ATU Press
Price (per unit)


1. Aquatic Therapy Triad: PT, OT andSpeech
2. Sample PLEP & IEP
3. Augmentative Communication in the Therapy Pool
4. Aquatic Positioning Lab
5. Stretching & Non-Verbal Communication Labs
6. Aquatic Sensory Integration
7. Related Aquatic Therapy Literature



1. Recite how therapy pools are emerging as a viable treatment venue for the SLP.


2. Make a 3 minute verbal “case” for providing speech therapy services in the water.


3. Locate and describe what ASHA, state laws, and payers have to say (if anything) about SLPs working in water.


4. Recite 5-6 aquatic precautions and contraindications specific to the speech patient.


5. Outline 1-2 ways to divide labor and schedule pool-time when all three disciplines are involved in a patient’s care. Describe 1-2 ways that the goals of water-based OT, PT, and speech should differ.


6. Determine under what conditions an adult should be considered for aquatic speech therapy.


7. Craft a sample home program for parents/caregivers who wish to incorporate 3-4 speech-related tasks in the shower, bathtub or community pool. Be able to share with parents where they can obtain additional training materials.


8. Describe why aquatic therapy may be the treatment of choice if (a) the patient has poor respiratory support and control for speech, (b) the patient is difficult to position for therapy; or (d) the patient is unwilling or unable to vocalize on land.


9. Recite aquatic therapeutic movements, tasks, or exercises designed to:

  • increase attention to a task (a foundation for building strong language skills)
    increase strength of speech-related musculature
    improve ROM of chest and shoulder region
    improve head and trunk righting as a precursor for speech
    perform lip and mouth closure
    improve total communication
    improve verbalization, articulation, descriptive language and sentence richness
  • encourage play and social interaction (lab)


10. Describe 1-2 aquatic tasks or activities from each of the following specialty techniques (as each relates to the speech patient):

  • Aquatic Sensory Integration (ASI)
    Aquatic manual therapy and stretching
    Oral Motor exercises
    Augmentative communication
  • Watsu (lab)


11. Design and implement a 15-minute aquatic treatment plan (including equipment selection) for 1-2 of the following:

  • Non-progressive neurological disorder (e.g. cerebral palsy, CVA, TBI)
    Progressive neurological disorder (e.g. Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis)
  • Pervasive developmental disorder (e.g. autism)


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