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Aquatic Therapy

Kids In Motion has the only private pediatric aquatic therapy center in the Bismarck Mandan Area.  We believe having the right environment, therapeutic temperatures, with skilled and certified clinicians is important to the aquatic environment and therapeutic intervention. 

 

Buoyancy Boosts Confidence: In our aquatic haven, children float and move

against water's buoyancy, unlocking newfound freedom and promoting balance,

coordination, and spatial awareness. The weightless environment encourages

exploration, fostering confidence and skill development.

Resistance: The Gentle Path to Strength: Harnessing the water's resistance,

our therapy sessions build strength effectively and gently. For kids with motor

coordination concerns, this aspect of aquatic therapy enhances muscle tone,

laying the foundation for improved coordination and motor skills.

 

Sensory Stimulation and Integration: Engaging multiple senses simultaneously,

the aquatic environment provides rich sensory experiences. From tactile feedback

to dynamic visual stimuli, sensory integration in the pool contributes to improved motor planning, execution, and overall sensory processing.

 

Tailored Activities for Holistic Development: Our skilled therapists craft sessions that cater to each child's unique needs, using structured exercises and playful activities. In the pool, children not only address motor coordination, strength, and sensory needs but also enhance social interaction, communication, and teamwork, laying the groundwork for comprehensive life skills.

Unveiling Motor Skills Mastery: Aquatic therapy offers a dynamic platform where traditional land-based exercises may fall short. In the buoyant embrace of water, children engage in activities that challenge and refine motor skills, fostering a level of mastery difficult to achieve on solid ground.

Fine-Tuning Precision in Movement: Water's resistance becomes a gentle guide for refining precision in movement. In the aquatic realm, children work against resistance, honing fine motor skills with activities that promote dexterity, coordination, and control. These nuanced movements lay the groundwork for improved functional skills in daily life.

 

Spatial Awareness and Coordination: The weightless environment of the pool allows children to explore space with newfound freedom. Activities that challenge spatial awareness and coordination become not just therapeutic exercises but exciting adventures, fostering a greater understanding of body positioning and movement in three-dimensional space.

 

Balance Beyond Limits: Balancing on land can be challenging, but in the water, it becomes an engaging and supportive endeavor. Aquatic therapy sessions incorporate activities that enhance core stability and balance, crucial for mastering motor skills and promoting confidence in daily activities.

 

Crossover Movements and Bilateral Coordination: The fluid nature of water encourages natural movements that challenge bilateral coordination. Aquatic therapy becomes a playground for activities that require coordination between both sides of the body, facilitating the development of bilateral skills essential for activities like crawling, walking, and hand-eye coordination.

Would your child benefit from Aquatics?
 

  • Motor Coordination Challenges

  • Sensory Processing Issues

  • Balance and Spatial Awareness Concerns

  • Muscle Weakness or Low Muscle Tone

  • Fine Motor Skill Delays

  • Bilateral Coordination Issues

  • Difficulty with Land-based Exercises

  • Limited Engagement in Therapeutic Activities

  • Behavioral Challenges During Therapy

  • Chronic Pain or Joint Issues

  • Neurological Conditions

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Limited Progress in Traditional Therapy

About Masgutova Neuro Sensory-motor Reflex Integration (MNRI)

  • Reflex integration is a hidden, but important, key piece of development. Having well integrated reflexes is the key to learning with ease, managing our emotions and impulses, and meeting life’s challenges with greater success. Reflex integration involves natural noninvasive movements and techniques that can be performed without equipment in almost any environment.  

  • MNRI is one of the few, truly holistic, approaches with a broad application that can help anyone who is faced with a challenge despite the level of function, dysfunction or pathology that exists  

  • A reflex is a specific motor response that is elicited by a sensory stimulus 

  • Our primary reflexes serve as the foundation for all volitional and functional movement and cognitive development 

  • When reflexes are not appropriately experienced or integrated by the body, it causes a disconnect within the central nervous system (CNS) and the peripheral nervous system (PNS). 

  • Reflexes are the neurophysiological basis for survival and exist to keep us safe 

  • Reflexes/ primary motor patterns occurring in the brain stem are the source of sensory-motor development in the midbrain and whole brain development in the cortex 

  • Primary reflexes are the first sensory motor patterns to develop before birth. Therefore, reflex integration should be the first step in evaluating and treating children during therapy sessions 

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