Hydrotherapy session at Dzherelo
Since January, 24 more participants have enjoyed the benefits of Dzherelo Children’s Rehabilitation Centre’s Hydrotherapy program. The youth have worked with the physical therapist in developing their health plan. Parents have comments on how nice it is that their children get to forget the weight of their bodies while in the water and working while playing.
One participant with Cerebral Palsy symptoms, Dima*, who is 12-years-old, really enjoys the hydrotherapy sessions. He likes feeling weightless and likes to splash. Unbeknownst to Dima, his splashing is strengthening and toning his arm muscles, which helps him be able to move his wheelchair better as he improves his range of motion.
Another participant who has Autism, Sasha* and is 8-years-old, uses the water as practice for different sensory experiences. The water therapy helps with his learning to balance his senses with motor functioning. Sasha has benefited from hydrotherapy in that he can better tell how his body fits into spaces, and moving around in water creates a controlled vestibular situation that is safe for him. He has a sense of mastery as he practices kicking and reaching.
Without donor support, Dzherelo’s Hydrotherapy program could not exist. The program has worked diligently to make children comfortable while they grow and become stronger. Thank you to all who have contributed and support this program.
(*names changed due to confidentiality)
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