Advanced Halliwick Course for Therapists in Paediatric Neurological Rehabilitation
Duration: 5-Day Course
Develop a better understanding of the therapeutic needs of children with neuro-developmental difficulties (Cerebral Palsy and similar conditions) and how to address these needs using the Halliwick Concept of swimming and rehabilitation in water, at an advanced level.
Course Dates: Please check courses diary
Course Leaders: Jean-Pierre Maes and Ann Gresswell, IHA Senior Halliwick Lecturers
Course Participants’ Criteria: This course is open to Therapists (Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech & Language Therapists) and medical Doctors who are working with Children and Adults with Cerebral Palsy and similar neurological conditions.
All participants will need to have completed a 4-Day Foundation (Basic) Halliwick Course prior to this course. The course will be presented in English.
AIMS and OBJECTIVES:
Aim: The aim of this course is to enable therapists and medical doctors, who have successfully completed a full Halliwick Foundation Course, to use the Halliwick Concept specifically in the context of therapy for children with neuro-developmental difficulties.
Objectives: To enable course delegates (through active participation) to:
- Further develop the application of the Halliwick Concept gained during a Halliwick Basic/Foundation Course.
- Develop a better understanding of the therapeutic needs of children with neuro-developmental difficulties (Cerebral Palsy and similar conditions) and how to address these needs using the Halliwick Concept at an advanced level.
- Identify and prioritise treatment aims.
- Maximise the therapeutic opportunities given by working in an aquatic environment.
- Develop treatment ideas and handling skills in the water.
- Reconcile the clients’ needs on dry land with treatment aims in the pool.
- Design appropriate activities for group work and individual sessions, to provide clients’ with new movement experiences and control of movement.
- Create specific opportunities for sensory motor development in a recreational context.
- Evaluate and progress practical sessions with clients in the water.
- Justify therapeutic intervention, using clinical reasoning skills, based upon the individual clients’ unique presentation and needs.
Notes: This is course has a strong balance of theory and practical application throughout the five days. Full attendance and participation in the water sessions will be required. A certificate of attendance will be given upon completion of the Course.