Water works

  • The properties of water, such as hydrostatic pressure, turbulence, viscosity and temperature all play a role as to why a well-planned treatment in the water is Effective.
  • The deep pressure exerted by the water on the body is present the entire time the child is in the water, thereby providing much needed calming tactile stimulation To the child who is highly sensitive to touch.
  • Pressure and viscosity aslo help children with gravitational insecurity to have a better sense of security; any potential “fall” will not hurt as it would if they fell on The pavement.
  • The resistance water provides makes moving three times more difficult in water than on land. This provides a lot more input to the “muscle sense” or the proprioceptive System (the unconscious perception of movement and spatial orientation arising from stimuli within the body itself).
  • Children with problems in this sensory aspect are often clumsy, do not know their own strength ,play too roughly, engage in a lot of “crashing play”, are very Fidgety, and hyperactive.
  • On the other end, proprioceptive problems may aslo cause the child to appear limp and lethargic, have poor posture, and have problems with balancing tasks.
  • Engaging in well-directed activities in the water helps the child gauge his own body boundaries better, allows him to regulate the force his body exerts when playing Or working on tasks(thereby avoiding hurting himself and others), and improves his posture and coordination.
  • Furthmore, the amount of energy required to do activities in the water helps decrease the child’s hyperactivity, resulting in a better ability to concentrate on tasks Afterwards,improve sleep patterns and eating habits.