Boston, Burlington Marriot (1 Burlington Mall Road, Burlington, MA 02421)
Friday, May 17 is 9:00-4:00 Swim Whisperers
Saturday, May 18 is 8:30-5:00 Totally Treatment
NJ, Randolph YMCA (14 Dover Chester Road, Randolph, NJ 07869)
Sunday, June 2 8:30-5:00 – Totally Treatment
Monday, June 3 9:00-4:00 – Swim Whisperers
Are you a pediatric occupational, physical, or recreational therapist, speech-language pathologist, exercise physiologist, kinesiologist, or sports medicine specialist who wants to add aquatic therapy to your skill set?
Are you already an aquatic therapy specialist, but want to refresh your skills or add new tools to your therapy toolbox?
Are you a swim instructor or parent who finds it difficult to teach your children with sensory or motor issues how to swim?
If any of these apply to you, or even if you’re just new to aquatic therapy or swim instruction and want to jump start your current caseload with innovative techniques to help keep your clients happy, then our Angelfish Training workshops are for you!
What Can Angelfish Training Teach Me?
ANGELFISH TRAINING all-day workshops (see times below) are designed and taught by two dynamic instructors, each with more than 20 years of physical, occupational, and aquatic therapy experience. These workshops have been created to help therapists and swim instructors treat and teach children with a wide variety of unique sensory motor dysfunctions and physical impairments, including (but not limited to) such diagnoses as: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Asperger Syndrome, ADHD, PDD, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, and Sensory Processing Disorders.
In these workshops, students first watch videos of actual therapy or swim sessions in a classroom setting, in order to learn the valuable concepts, techniques, and strategies needed to work effectively with special needs children. But remember to bring your bathing suit! Because after this, students jump into the pool alongside the instructors for hands-on practice of the concepts they’ve learned in the videos.
Once skills have been practiced for individual children, our instructors will share with students their research, knowledge, and techniques for successfully handling therapy or swim lessons for groups of children. Then the day wraps up with a discussion of paperwork issues (like insurance letters, daily notes, evaluations, release forms), and finally, an evaluation by workshop students of the Angelfish Trainers.
At this time, Angelfish Therapy offers two different workshops:
Totally Treatment: In this workshop, physical and occupational therapists will learn innovative and effective techniques to offer treatment as an aquatic therapist for children, by taking full advantage of the buoyancy, hydrostatic pressure, and vestibular stimulation offered by a pool environment. Let our experienced instructors show you how we combine sensory integration, core strength, endurance, primitive reflex integration, and social skills to treat many problem areas at once, all in a fun and challenging environment for children.
In addition, therapists will: 1) gain knowledge about how to perform a pediatric aquatic evaluation and to develop an individualized treatment plan; 2) gain an increased repertoire of pediatric aquatic treatment ideas and handling techniques for individual therapy, as well as for small groups; 3) learn to understand the uses and applications of aquatic equipment with the pediatric population; and 4) learn how to develop effective aquatic treatments to complement current land based initiatives.
Swim Whisperers®: Based on our innovative Swim Whisperers protocol, this workshop is designed for swim instructors, parents, swim school directors, PE teachers, fitness instructors, or anybody faced with a child or children who experience little to no success with traditional teaching methods — in particular, those with mild to severe sensory issues, problems with motor skills, difficulty processing information, attention issues, or any other condition that might physically or psychologically impede the process of learning to swim.
In some cases, the obstacle may be something as simple as a child who is unwilling to put their head under water, or who is terrified to let go of the side of the pool. Our experienced instructors have seen it all, and will share with you the innovative, therapy-based techniques needed to turn kids into confident and independent swimmers in less time than you thought possible.
Who Teaches These Workshops?
Ailene Tisser, MA PT is a pediatric physical therapist with over 20 years of experience treating a variety of diagnoses, both in and out of the water. She has worked in New York, Southern California and currently practices in Connecticut. Ailene owns and operates her own Aquatic practice called Therafins, LLC. She also works in a school setting and in early Intervention. Ailene is NDT trained in pediatrics.
Cindy Freedman, MOTR, CTRS is a pediatric occupational therapist and recreational therapist with over 20 years of rehabilitation experience treating a variety of diagnoses. After receiving a masters in OT, she worked in Kansas City exclusively in aquatics. For the past five years, Cindy has been in Connecticut running “Kids A Float” and aquatic therapy and swim lesson company.
When and Where Are These Workshops Being Taught Next?
The next workshops will be offered in Boston and New Jersey in Spring 2013 (dates TBA).
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Would you like us to offer training workshops in a city near you? If you think there’s enough demand in your area, or if you are a swim school who wants hands-on Swim Whisperers training, then drop us a line at info@AngelfishTherapy.com to see about scheduling a workshop.
How Much Do the Workshops Cost?
The fees for these workshops are as follows (fee includes lunch) …
Totally Treatment: $275, each workshop limited to 30 students
Swim Whisperers: $225, each workshop limited to 40 students
BOTH Workshops: $475
A 10% group discount per registrant is available for any companies or organizations who have three or more people attending. If you plan to take advantage of this discount, make sure that all registrants include the Company/Organization name and choose “YES” for the last field on the form. We won’t be able to honor the discount until we’ve seen at least three people from your group registered, and payment at that time will be required by check to confirm the registration.
Where Do I Sign Up?
NOTE: Your registration is not complete until full payment has been received.