Aquatic therapy uses water to help children make the most of their abilities on land. The goal is to help the child improve skills for daily life, and be able to participate in land-based therapy or a home-based program.

Physical therapy (PT) in the water can improve:

  • Lower body and core strength
  • Balance
  • Coordination
  • Motor planning
  • Endurance
  • Range of motion
  • Walking
  • Level of pain

Occupational therapy (OT) uses the water to provide children with a multi-sensory experience. By using the resistance of water (instead of weights), patients rehabilitating after an injury or those with chronic illness avoid excess weight and pressure normally put on the joints. This type of therapy can improve:

  • Body awareness
  • Self-regulation
  • Upper body strength
  • Coordination
  • Motor planning
  • Endurance
  • Range of motion

Why Choose Us?

Therapists from Cincinnati Children's complete specialized training to provide aquatic therapy. We offer aquatic wellness programs for a variety of diagnoses. The warm water pool at our Cincinnati Children's Drake neighborhood location has an adjustable floor, allowing easy entry and height adjustment.

Occupational therapists (OTs) and physical therapists (PTs) at Cincinnati Children's have authored publications looking at aquatic therapy and published current research.

Who Can Benefit?

Aquatic Therapy may help children with the following diagnoses:

  • Autism
  • Down syndrome
  • Sensory Processing Dysfunction
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Spina Bifida
  • Connective Tissue diseases
  • Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Chronic Pain 
  • Neurological Disorder
  • Stroke
  • Developmental Delay
  • Orthopedic Disorders/Injury
  • Traumatic Brain Injur

Aquatic Therapy is available at our Drake neighborhood location.