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Jaipur-based NGO develops training material on aquatic therapy for special children
There is a dearth of training material for therapies suitable for differently abled children in India. Taking note of this fact, a Jaipur-based NGO has developed resource material for short term training material on aquatic therapy. The well documented training document has been systematically created for piloting and institutionalizing.
According to the NGO, Disha Foundation, aquatic therapy is one of the recent but less explored specialities in the Indian context despite its high potential to fulfil the needs of musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiopulmonary well-being of special children. It is being said that characteristics of water facilitates ease and freedom of movement.

For the special educators and teachers, the training module is for 30 hours of exposure and guided practice. The training is meant to empower the professionals in special education to enhance the effects of rehabilitation and overall prognostic outcomes of the recipient of the therapy.

"It needs to be understood that aquatic therapy draws its strength from many land-based movements which become less vigorous when performed in water of a shallow pool," said the director of the institute, Renu Singh, while recalling the outcomes of first incident of the aquatic therapy administered to a differently able child a few years ago.

However, more research is needed in the form of action research to recommend the duration, frequency, intensity and variations to optimise the use of aquatic therapy for each case, it is being felt. In India, we need to support the aquatic therapy based short term courses for teachers as a part of inclusive education.

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