Aquatic Social Skills Therapy Group for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
The Aquatic Social Skills Therapy Group is a warm water therapy group for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The warm water pool environment maximizes relaxation and sensory regulation, and reduces anxiety. Led by a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor or Licensed Clinical Social Worker, the group consists of four to eight participants and meets for 8-weeks. Each child is assisted by a trained volunteer.
Aquatic therapy can be a fun and enjoyable experience that provides many physical, psycho-social, cognitive, and recreational benefits. Children with autism can benefit from aquatic therapy through therapeutic play-based functional movement while improving body awareness, increasing social awareness, and practicing newly learned social skills. Children participate in a series of activities that allow them to participate at their own level, while giving them opportunities to expand their skills. Two-step "first...then" directions are used. Parents are welcome to remain poolside during the class. In some cases, sibliings of children with autism may be considered for the class if social skills training is needed.
Children between the ages of 5 and 8 who have a diagnois of Autism Spectrum Disorder or Asperger's Syndrome will be considered for the group and a counseling evaluation at Easter Seals is required prior to participation. Children must be able to follow verbal or visual two-step directions and maintain their head above 3-feet of water. An individual time can be arranged for a child to try out the pool environment before enrolling in the group.
For more information and session dates, please call 309.686.1177, ext. 2202.