Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic therapy is combining the therapeutic properties of water with traditional therapy techniques to achieve a greater functional level in gross motor and/or fine motor skills. Aquatic therapy is a compliment to land based therapies and is part of a complete therapy program. For optimal carryover into functional skills, it is important that children participate in land therapy as well.

Benefits of Aquatic Therapy

  • Improved gross and fine motor skills
  • Increased balance and coordination
  • Increased confidence/self-esteem
  • Decreased stress/emotional state
  • Increased circulation
  • Increased strength
  • Increased sensory input, feedback, and proprioception
  • Decreased effect of gravity = increased freedom of movement
  • Decreased tone and relaxation of tight muscles


Aquatic therapy can benefit a large range of diagnoses including but not limited to:

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down Syndrome
  • Spina Bifida
  • Autism
  • Delayed Motor Skills
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Sensory integration Dysfunction
  • Brachial Plexus Injuries
  • Coordination disorder
  • Hypo/Hypertonia

Insurance Coverage

The majority of insurance companies cover aquatic therapy.  Patients are responsible for any co-insurance, co-payment or deductible.   The visit counts as a physical therapy visit.  Call your insurance company for coverage details.  The aquatic therapy billing code is 97113.

Aquatic Therapy Fee

There is a small non-refundable aquatic therapy fee to cover expenses including pool rental fees at the YMCA.  To be placed on the schedule, this fee is to be paid to ABC in full 2 weeks prior to the start of each 3 month session.

2 Locations ABC Provides Aquatic Therapy

Fairfield Family YMCA
5220 Bibury Rd
Fairfield, OH 45014

Gold Fish Swim School - Dayton
671 Lyons Road Dayton, OH 45459