North Star Aquatic Therapy

Quench your Thirst for Aquatic Therapy Knowledge

Evidenced-Based Aquatic Therapy

for the Pediatric Client

Location: Hudson, WI (Located approximately 30 minutes from Minneapolis, MN)

Dates: October 13-14, 2018

Hours: 16 hours

Credits through FSBPT: 16 CCUs

Instructor: Kiki Dickinson, MPT, PAqI

ATU Course #: PS801

Cost: $595


A 16 hr. training module packed into 2 days. Many insurers are beginning to deny aquatic therapy for the pediatric client, in part, because clinicians do not understand how to make the case for aquatics. Stop extolling the virtues of aquatic therapy for the pediatric client… without providing tangible evidence-based support. Leave this dynamic course understanding how, when, where and under what circumstances to provide aquatic therapy… and how to justify that choice to the world. Don’t just understand the science; be able to perform the EBAT treatments on Monday morning. Course includes information designed to help parents and caregivers incorporate water-based interventions into daily life. Includes “turn key” inservice and marketing materials to help expand your caseload.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

1. List the indications and precautions in the use of Aquatic Sensory Integration (ASI), Watsu®, the Bad Ragaz Ring Method, aquatic adaptations of balance tests, flow-through mat work, games, and functional skills training for the pediatric patient populations. Demonstrate an understanding of the underlying principles behind each aquatic therapy treatment approach (lecture, lab)

2. Understand the unique benefits of the aquatic environment, and use aquatic therapy techniques to increase strength, improve ROM, improve oral motor skills, normalize sensory input (vestibular, visual, auditory, tactile, proprioceptive), normalize tone, improve head and trunk righting, encourage play, verbalization and social interaction, improve posture, weight-bearing, balance, gait and proprioception, normalize transitional movements (lab)

3. Create a cohesive evidence-based argument supporting the use of aquatic therapy for the pediatric patient. Make appropriate aquatic therapy treatment choices (using the APTA’s Guide to Physical Therapy Practice as a springboard) (lecture, lab)

4. Be able to locate and summarize evidence-based research to further address why aquatic therapy could be appropriate. Create supportive bibliographies using the Aquatic Health Research Database of over 8,000 articles related to aquatic therapy (lecture)

5. Understand in what situations group therapy is appropriate. Understand supervision requirements for aquatic therapy. Understand the need to transition aquatic therapy to land based therapy (lecture)

6. Perform a pediatric inservice for rehab staff or a referring physician using “turn key” aquatic inservice modules provided in class (land lab)

7. Populate websites, brochures and onsite bulletin boards using “turn key” aquatic evidence-based marketing modules provided in class (land lab)

8. Discuss the differing documentation needs of interested parties: physicians, payers and patients. Use documentation to justify providing intervention in an aquatic environment (lecture)

9. Working with a partner, design and implement an evidence-based aquatic progression for 1-2 of the following:

· Non-progressive neurological disorder (e.g. cerebral palsy)

· Progressive neurological disorder (e.g. muscular dystrophy, SMA)

· Pervasive developmental disorder (e.g. autism, Rett Syndrome)

· Failure-to-thrive and developmental delay

· Mental retardation

· Trauma (lab)

Target Audience

PT's, PTA's, OT's, COTA's, SLP's, and other aquatic professionals.


Day 1

7:30-8:00 Registration

8:00-12:00 Lecture (with 15 min energy break at 10:30)

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-5:45 Pool lab (with 15 min energy break at 3:00 and 5:15)


Day 2

8:00-12:00 Lecture (with 15 min energy break at 10:30)

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-5:45 Pool lab (with 15 min energy break at 3:00 and 5:15)

5:45-6:00 Wrap-up and questions


Lecture Location:

Hudson Hospital & Clinics

405 Stageline Drive

Hudson, WI 54016

Lab Location:

St. Croix Therapy

742 Sterbenz Drive

Hudson, WI 54016

Meet your Instructor

Kiki Dickinson, MPT, PAqI

Tracks: Pediatric/ Neuro/ Speech

Kathleen (Kiki) Dickinson, MPT graduated from the College of St. Catherine with a master's degree in physical therapy. She has been a Pediatric Physical Therapist since 1995. Kiki works at St. Croix Therapy (Therapeutic Services for Children and Adults) in Hudson, Wisconsin and has 20 years of experience developing and implementing aquatic therapy programs for a diverse pediatric population which includes working with children of all ages including the birth-to-three population.

Kiki teaches custom seminars across the USA for Aquatic Therapy University (ATU) with an emphasis on the neuro pediatric and adult populations. Kiki has helped develop course manuals for several pediatric courses for ATU. Recently Kiki and her business partner Kim Gordon have established their own company North Star Aquatic Therapy offering aquatic therapy courses for both the pediatric and adult populations.

Kiki is certified in the Universal Exercise Unit/Therasuit Method and Craniosacral Therapy. Kiki has her Aquaticist℠ credential’s from ATU. Kiki is an adjunct professor at St. Catherine’s University for over 15 years and teaches Pediatric Coursework for their Physical Therapy Assistant Program.

Cancellation Policy


Programming Changes: Due to unforeseen circumstances, ATU schedules, instructors and/or meals may need to be changed without notice.

Cancellation of Class By ATU: ATU classes may be cancelled for low registration up to 30 days prior to the class. In this event, a full refund of class tuition or a voucher to another class will be issued to students. ATU does not reimburse change fees, airline tickets or any other travel related expenses, so please do not make plans until you receive the 30-day confirmation prior to the conference.

Cancellation of Class by Student: A refund, minus a $175 reseating fee, will be given for student cancellations made prior to 30 days before the conference. No refunds will be given for cancellations received after 30 day deadline. In the event of a student cancellation after the deadline, enrollment fees may be transferred to other ATU courses within 12 months at no charge.

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