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Exploration of Creative Pediatric Aquatic Therapy Techniques Topic of HydroWorx Sponsored Webinar

Middletown, PA (PRWEB) March 10, 2015

Children who require physical therapy in response to chronic conditions, accidents or progressive diseases represent a unique patient segment. Unlike their older counterparts, they possess very specific needs. These include, but are not limited to: being smaller in stature than adult patients; having shorter attention spans than older clientele; possessing less inherent strength than adults; and having fewer life experiences from which to draw upon in a rehab setting. Additionally, pediatric clients’ bodies are still developing. These realities must be kept in mind when instituting physical therapy processes with younger patients; they are also part of the reason that many pediatric physical therapists choose aquatic therapy as one of their preferred rehabilitation modalities.

Warm water therapy pools with integrated variable-depth treadmill floors, resistance jets, deep tissue massage capabilities and safety bars provide a safe environment in which pediatric patients can work on meeting functional milestones. Reaching prescribed aquatic therapy goals may then help younger clients transition to land-based activities and even heighten mental functioning, as in the case of pediatric patients who are trying to achieve augmented focus and intellectual stamina. However, the key to working with the pediatric population is to encourage patients using age-appropriate, innovative exercises that stimulate learning and promote enthusiasm.

Amy Arruda, DPT, ATRIC, is the Director of Aquatics at Leg Up Farm, a Pennsylvania-based non-profit therapy center specializing in assisting special needs children. Arruda will be sharing her experiences as a leader in the emerging field of innovative pediatric aquatics during a one-hour webinar sponsored by HydroWorx on Thursday, March 12, 2015, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. E.D.T. The webinar, “Pediatric Aquatic Therapy: Improving Outcomes by Integrating Play and Creativity,” will provide participants with a unique look into the methods utilized by Arruda and her team at Leg Up Farm.

Participants of “Pediatric Aquatic Therapy: Improving Outcomes by Integrating Play and Creativity” will benefit from learning:

    Effective, creative aquatic therapy protocols that keep children engaged in their pool therapy sessions from beginning to end.
    How to customize programs to meet the individual needs of children with a wide variety of conditions.
    How to make land-to-water and water-to-land transitions for pediatric patients.
    Case studies from Leg Up Farm in which aquatic therapy has been successfully used to increase the progress for pediatric clientele.

Arruda brings a wealth of expertise to this event. After Arruda received her MSPT and DPT, she began working in the physical therapy field. She joined the Leg Up Farm team in 2011 and has since achieved an Aquatic Therapy Certification from the Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute in 2013. Arruda appreciates opportunities such as this webinar, as they allow her to share her experiences with others in an effort to help all pediatric patients.

Registration for ““Pediatric Aquatic Therapy: Improving Outcomes by Integrating Play and Creativity” is free. Interested attendees can register at

About HydroWorx®

Since the late 1990s, HydroWorx has manufactured aquatic therapy pools with built-in underwater treadmills to enable physical therapists to more effectively offer their patients the opportunity to increase range of motion, decrease risk of falls and joint stress, and remain motivated through the rehab process.

Products such as the HydroWorx 2000 and 500 Series therapy pools have revolutionized the face of aquatic therapy; in fact, HydroWorx technology is used by world-class facilities like the renowned Kennedy Krieger Institute and The Andrews Institute, as well as physical therapy clinics across the country.

HydroWorx offers a wide range of underwater treadmill pools and peripheral products and services. Every day, more than 23,000 athletes and patients use HydroWorx technology to recover from injuries and health conditions.

More information about HydroWorx upcoming and past webinars can be found at

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Pediatric Research Conference on Food, Environment, and Childrens Health Set to Convene in Austin, TX

Austin, Texas (PRWEB) February 03, 2015

The Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN) is hosting a research conference titled: “Children: Food and Environment” in Austin, Texas from February 4th-6th, 2015. This conference will begin with a welcome address from the newly elected Austin Mayor, Mr. Steve Adler. CEHN is honored to have Mayor Adler, an advocate for the environment and for children, welcome conference participants to this exciting conference. Following the Mayor’s welcome will be an opening keynote address by Dr. Bruce Lanphear of Simon Fraser University and BC Children’s Hospital titled “Food in the Industrial Era: Is Backward the Way Forward?”

CEHN will also screen the documentary “Food Chains” as part of the conference opening, a film focusing on a group of tomato pickers from Southern Florida who are working to revolutionize farm labor. While focusing on farm worker injustices, the film provides an excellent bridge to the conference program by reflecting on how our entire food production system, from farm to table, touches the health of children, whether children of farm workers or consumers. Cutting edge research on topics ranging from how the interactions of food and the environment impact children’s health and development, including childhood obesity, neurodevelopment, and respiratory development will be presented over the following two days. There will be eight concurrent sessions with a total of 28 speakers, as well as two poster presentation sessions. CEHN’s Executive Director, Nsedu Obot Witherspoon, stated: “CEHN is thrilled to bring our latest pediatric research conference to Austin, TX and we look forward to over two days of science discussions around how the intersections of food and environmental factors affect the development of our children. The public health and policy implications to the related science will also be discussed in this unique forum.” To see the full conference schedule, visit:

Keynote speakers include Dr. Erin Hager from the University of Maryland on how home and school environments predict children’s dietary choices; Dr. Lita Proctor, the director of the NIH Human Microbiome Project, who will speak on what the human microbiome is and its importance; Dr. Susan Smith from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who will address the challenges of food, toxicants, and perinatal influences; and Dr. Gregory Diette from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health on the prevention and treatment of asthma with diet. Expert panelists will discuss the policy and regulatory implications of this research. David Wallinga from Healthy Food Action will moderate a panel including Dr. William Dietz and Dr. Lance Price from George Washington University on how to navigate science and policy in a complex food environment, and Nsedu Obot Witherspoon from CEHN will moderate a panel on how to overcome barriers to promoting healthy development, which is comprised of Dr. Ruth Etzel, Director of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Children’s Health Protection, Dr. William Suk from the National Institute of Environmental of Health Sciences, and Erik Olson from the Natural Resources Defense Council.

To showcase two programs doing excellent work with youth, food, and environmental sustainability in Austin, conference attendees will be visiting two Austin-based sustainable food programs as part of the conference, Urban Roots and the Sustainable Food Center.

To find out more about the conference and to register, visit:

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