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Going Back to Basics
When Too Much is Too Much
Tour Lake Wobegon in a Pedal Pub
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Get Dressed Relay
Wall Blasters
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Issue #29   16 Mar 2009
European FMS Study
nut mouse Fibromyalgia has developed a reputation as a rather hard nut to crack. Patients are often provided with contradictory information about which treatments work and which interventions are merely so much window-dressing.

Well, to help clinicians make sound decisions, a multidisciplinary task force was formed representing eleven European countries. The goal? To develop evidence-based recommendations for the management of fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS).

Read one of the studies which showed aquatic therapy in a favorable light.

Read their recommendations here... (including what they say about the power of the pool).
More Tips for the Autistic
flash cards Waterproof flash cards may help in the progress of special-needs children

Due to their communication difficulties, children with Autism respond better to visual cues and specific tangible rewards. Often using picture cards to explain what you are requesting the child to do will work much better than verbal directions. In an aquatic environment these cards will need to be laminated or somehow waterproofed. Using a digital camera or simply using hand-drawn pictures, the aquatic recreational therapist can place these pictures in a sequence for the child.

Get more tips here...
An ARN Editorial
tired woman in poolWhen therapy becomes a cross too big to bear.

He was a big man with yellow eyes. Yellow skin, yellow teeth -- and a scream that curled my neck muscles into fat, bulging sausages. He was already almost insane from liver failure, but the enzymes kept rising and the yellow spread. He hit me again as his amputated stump struck the water's surface, and it bled until the water foamed. He cursed my God and my family and my very breath. I played it simpler and cried. I was 24 years old and this was my first year as a PT.

Continue the editorial here..
Tour the Twin Cities in the Pedal Pub
pedal pub Minneapolis registrants: don't forget your biker's shorts!

For your entertainment pleasure, registrants at our upcoming pediatrics course in Minneapolis will get to tour the downtown shopping district in the world-famous Pedal Pub. Newly imported from the Netherlands, this fietscafe is a unique covered bar that goes up and down the streets of the Twin Cities at the break-neck speed of 5mph, all powered by pedals located under the bar stools. Our route will take us along the quaint shops and bistros of Nicollet Mall, the scenic Warehouse district by the Mississippi River with a stop at Buca di Beppo's in between for a carb-recharge. So don't miss Minneapolis in May, where the lakes are sky-blue, the weather is warm enough and the terrain is thankfully flat.

Visit the Pedal Pub website...
Pedal Pub on Flickr...

Aquatic Therapy for the Pediatric Therapist: A Lab Intensive

When: May 21-23, 2009
Where: Minneapolis, MN
How much: $595
Early-Bird Bonus: Free Sensory Integration DVD
(A $199 value)

This peds workshop provides therapists with a broad range of aquatic intervention strategies for tackling sensory-motor deficits in the aquatic environment. A combination of innovative play-based treatment strategies, combined with the proper handling techniques and use of manual therapies, will leave therapists with a multitude of "tricks up their sleeves". Get ready to get wet, play and practice as this lab-intensive course provides plenty of opportunities for hands-on skill development so you will leave feeling confident in treating various pediatric conditions.

4:00-4:30 Online orientation to Aquatic Therapy Command Center
4:30-5:15 Latest research on aquatic therapy and pediatrics
(both effectiveness and safety)
5:15-6:15 Physical and sensory impairments - addressing
both in the unique environment of the therapy pool
6:15-6:30 Change for pool
6:30-8:45 Pool Lab - Stocking the pediatric pool on the cheap; Application of modified WatsuŽ techniques for pediatric clientele

8:00-9:30 Integration of primitive reflexes in aquatic therapy
9:30-11:00 Arrangement of aquatic activities for natural progression of functional outcomes based on deficits
11:00-11:30 Video and discussion
11:30-12:15 Lunch (provided) and change for pool
12:45-3:00 Pool Lab - Application of modified Bad Ragaz Ring Method and other hands-on techniques for pediatric clientele
3:00-3:30 Demo of treatment strategies with actual patients
3:30-3:45 Energy break
3:45-5:00 Pool Lab - Sensory/motor integration strategies for the pool

8:00-9:00 Handling emotional outcomes of sensory processing
in the pool (transitions, handling, need for control, etc.)
9:00-11:00 Aquatic sensory integrations strategies for vestibular, tactile, proprioception, visual, and auditory processing difficulties
11:30-12:30 Video and discussion
12-30-1:15 Lunch (provided) and change for pool
1:15-3:00 Pool lab-Sensory based pool activities based on stations in the pool with reference to tactile, proprioceptive, oral motor, visual, vestibular, and auditory system processing skills
3:00-3:30 Demo of treatment strategies with actual patients
3:30-3:45 Energy break
3:45-5:00 Pool lab - Cont. aquatic sensory integration & patient practicum
5:00 Dismissal

(Notice: Schedule subject to change without prior notice)

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Register early for our pediatric seminars and receive our new Aquatic Sensory Integration DVD for free.

Included with this break-through video, you get the low-down on over 60 innovative aquatic activities for treating the special-needs child. You will also receive a seminar handout bursting with 100 pages of lab notes, bibliographies and post-test for CEU credit for your whole staff.

To get this FREE gift, you must register by:
April 9th for Minneapolis, MN seminar