Learn About Our Aquatics Program

Designed to build upon the progress that you make in land-based therapy, our aquatic therapy program features two state-of-the-art pools with a range of warm water temperatures. The pools are capable of offering different aquatic environments depending on your individual needs.

Features include:

  • Built-in treadmills with a wide range of speeds for relearning walking and observing walking patterns
  • Video systems for monitoring therapy activities and observing walking patterns
  • Multiple jets used to create resistance
  • Movable floors that allow us to customize the water height to you. If you are in a wheelchair, these movable floors also allow you to achieve barrier-free entry and exit from the pool
  • Floor-to-ceiling windows that fill the facility with light and offer a great view of Baltimore

Aquatic therapy can help to improve your:

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

Water allows you to escape the limitations of gravity, which gives you the ability to do more in the pool than you can on land. Water provides a safe environment to achieve therapeutic goals without worrying about falling or losing balance. You can begin aquatics as a part of inpatient or outpatient therapy. Upon discharge, you are provided with a home program that you can follow in a community environment or at Kennedy Krieger with the Independent Aquatics Program, as a part of our Life Through Motion Wellness Program.

The aquatic therapy program brings together an interdisciplinary team that includes:

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