Aquatic Therapy Program

Kennedy Krieger Institute • 801 North Broadway • Baltimore, Maryland 21205


Albert Recio, MD, RPT, PTRP

About Our Program:

Located on the top floor of our new Outpatient Center, the Aquatic Therapy Program features two state-of-theart pools with a range of warm water temperatures and therapeutic treatment options. The program offers different aquatic environments depending on patients' needs. Features include:

  • Built-in treadmills for retraining and observing gait patterns
  • Video systems for monitoring therapy activities
  • Multiple jets used for resistance
  • Floors that operate on lifts to allow barrier-free entry and exit for easy access by patients in wheelchairs
  • Floor-to-ceiling windows that fill the facility with light and offer a great view of Baltimore

The Aquatic Therapy Program is available to all patients, whether they are staying in our hospital or visiting for outpatient appointments. While aquatic therapy is used for many diagnoses, it has proven particularly beneficial for cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, spinal cord injuries, and developmental and neurological disorders.

Our Team:

The Aquatic Therapy Program has an interdisciplinary team that includes an:

  • Aquatic medical director
  • Aquatic manager
  • Adapted aquatic specialists who are certified in lifeguarding, CPR, pool operations, and water safety
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physical therapists
  • Recreational therapists

In addition, the physical, occupational, and recreational therapists utilizing the pools are certified in advanced aquatics techniques.

Our Treatment Approach:

Aquatic therapy offers many benefits to patients with varying levels of function, including, but not limited to improvements in:

  • Balance
  • Strength
  • Endurance
  • Range of motion
  • Circulation
  • Self-esteem
  • Quality of life

Aquatics is used as a treatment modality throughout the rehabilitation process. The water allows patients to escape the limitations of gravity, helps them to become stronger and provides them with the ability to do more in the pool than they can on land, so they can more quickly achieve their therapeutic goals. Patients can begin aquatics as an inpatient, continue through outpatient therapy and are provided home programs that they can follow in a community environment or continue at Kennedy Krieger with the Independent Aquatic Program.


For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (443) 923-9400, or toll-free at (888) 554-2080.

For speech and hearing impaired individuals, please call (443) 923-2645 (TTY).

Physicians & Healthcare Professionals:

Healthcare professionals wishing to make a referral should contact our Physician Assistance Group at (443) 923-9403.

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