May - June 2001 • Aquatics 101
Volume 8, Issue 3

Solidarity at the Crossroads
Message from the President
Debra Paul
Summer is coming and not a minute too soon! After a long, cold winter in Colorado, I am anxious to do some gardening and camping trips with my family. I hope this newsletter finds you all in the spirit of warmer weather. The transformation of the seasons is something I look forward to every year. Click for more

Splish, Splash, Smile
Pool Time Provides Confidence
By Brenda L. Pratt, LPT
-In my part of Michigan, aquatic therapy services seem to be touted by every physical therapy practice. Last year, a story in my local newspaper featured a new practice, detailing all of the new equipment and services it planned to offer in its state-of-the-art facility. The major piece of equipment—a pool. Click for more

Dive Into Aquatics!
NDT and Aquatic Intervention are Natural Partners
By Jane L. Styer-Acevedo, PT
Throughout their history, aquatic activities and swimming have been understood to be valuable assets to populations with medical concerns and special needs. The benefits can include physical and mental well being, emotional health, familial and social interaction, and recreation through the life span. Click for more

Aquatic Therapy Resources
For more information on aquatic therapy, check out the following resources Click for more

Turtle Swims and Tea Parties
One Child’s Aquatic Success Story
By Marie Williams
My husband and I have witnessed the benefits of aquatic therapy firsthand with our daughter, Camille, who has muscular dystrophy. At two years old, Camille started swimming lessons. She loved the water and could keep up with her friends, even outlast them, in the pool. Click for more

Washington: No Extended Coverage
Child Advocate Continues Six-year Struggle
By Leanne M. Roe
My son Samuel had just graduated from kindergarten when I received the letter from our health insurance company. The note informed me that due to Samuel’s hemiplegia and aphasia (caused by a pre-birth stroke), his physical, occupational and speech therapy would be dropped from the plan at age seven. His seventh birthday was three weeks away. Click for more

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