Aquatic therapy is used to enhance children and adults functional abilities. The warm, buoyant water allows the individual to feel free and lightweight by reducing body weight by up to 90%. The state-of-the-art pool stays at a temperature between 89-92 degrees.
Aquatic therapy helps improve balance, circulation, core stability, endurance, flexibility, motor planning, muscular tone, posture and strength. Exercises may be modified for all ability levels from slow and gentle to dynamic in movement.
Ability KC incorporates aquatic therapy services into the therapy schedules of children and adults participating in Ability KC Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Preschool programs. In addition we offer adaptive swim sessions for children ages 3-6 and ages 6-10.
The adaptive swim sessions are an eight week program held at the Ability KC Children’s Center Campus. Each session is designed for children with special needs at all levels of ability. Children’s goals include gaining confidence in the water, water safety and swim strokes. All sessions are led by a therapist with each participant having a one-on-one “buddy”. Children do not have to be enrolled in other Ability KC programs to participate in the adaptive swim sessions.
Through the generosity of the Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department we are able to offer scholarship funding for adaptive swim sessions to local families with children with disabilities.