Updated: Oct 22
Hydrotherapy for Those with ASD
Hydrotherapy is proven to have a tremendous help and is effective for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Properties of water such as buoyancy, temperature, pressure, and density help those with ASD regulate their anxiety and excitement levels. Water helps to relax the muscles and lower stress.
When engrossed in water activities, development for individuals with ASD is manifested through the following domains:
People with ASD experience difficulty in interpreting, processing, and responding to sensory input. These can lead to anti-social and self-harming behavior.
Hydrotherapy is a way to address sensory challenges as this is proven effective in strengthening their sensory processing skills. Thehydrostatic pressure of the water can give a soothing and calming effect that people with ASD need.
Hydrotherapy for children with ASD
Individuals with ASD also struggle in learning skills, and it takes a toll on their confidence and self-esteem. They believe that this separates them from people with no ASD because they can learn skills with less difficulty.
This is being solved through hydrotherapy that increases their chance to interact socially, leading to a sense of accomplishment, hence, increased confidence and self-esteem.
One of the benefits of aquatic therapy and swimming lessons is the changes in social interactions.
When engaging in swimming lessons, people with ASD improve their competence in self-regulation and peer relations. They learn how to interact with their peers, which can also prevent them from developing anti-social behavior.
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