[Rockville, Maryland] Young & Well, an established pediatric occupational and speech-language therapy company in Montgomery County, is set to make a splash in the local community by introducing an innovative aquatic therapy program specifically tailored for children. Launching on July 11, this groundbreaking program aims to utilize the therapeutic power of water to help children build confidence, promote development, and help them form a love of water that lasts a lifetime.
Aquatic therapy, also known as water therapy or hydrotherapy, is a specialized form of therapy that utilizes water as a therapeutic medium to facilitate physical, cognitive, and emotional growth in children. The unique properties of water provide an ideal environment for children to improve their motor skills, balance, coordination, and sensory integration.
Dr. Heather Jackson-Peña, CEO and clinical director at Young & Well, explains, “We know that sometimes kids struggle in the pool, or parents are worried about how their child will learn to swim, which can affect the whole family. We want kids and their families to feel safe and have fun in the water for memories that last a lifetime. Our licensed pediatric therapists work at the child’s pace, allowing them to build trust and comfort over time. We say we provide therapy at our clinic and everywhere kids go, and now this includes the pool!”
One of the key advantages of aquatic therapy for children is its ability to create a fun and engaging experience that encourages active participation. Aquatic therapy offers a dynamic and stimulating environment that captivates children’s attention and enthusiasm. This playful setting allows therapists to seamlessly incorporate various exercises and activities, fostering the development of physical strength, endurance, and motor planning skills. Additionally, aquatic therapy has been proven effective in promoting sensory integration and regulation in children with sensory processing disorders. The water’s calming properties help children manage sensory stimuli and promote self-regulation. Activities in the water stimulate different sensory systems, aiding in the development of body awareness, motor planning, and spatial perception.
Beyond the physical benefits, aquatic therapy can have a profound impact on a child’s emotional well-being and self-confidence. The water’s soothing and supportive environment creates a sense of security and freedom, allowing children to explore and take risks in a safe space. Increased self-confidence and self-esteem can positively influence a child’s overall social and emotional development. The aquatic therapy program at Young & Well has been designed by a team of highly
skilled therapists specializing in pediatric care. With their expertise and understanding of children’s unique needs, they will guide participants through various individualized activities and exercises. Each session will be tailored to address specific needs and challenges, ensuring that children receive the most effective therapy experience.
The program will occur at a local outdoor private pool in North Bethesda. Parents and caregivers can contact Young & Well at theyoungandwell.com, or 301-327-4434, for registration and further program details. As Young & Well launches this transformative aquatic therapy program, they are paving the way for a new era in how pediatric therapists support kids and their families. By harnessing the therapeutic potential of water, they are providing children with an enjoyable and effective avenue for growth, development, and meaningful life.
Don’t miss the chance to immerse your child in the transformative world of aquatic therapy. Join Young & Well’s aquatic therapy program starting July 11 and witness the incredible benefits it can unlock for your child’s well-being and your family’s summer memories!
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