Autism Aquatic Therapy: Isabella's Story [Video]Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. The most obvious signs of autism and symptoms of autism tend to emerge between 2 and 3 years of age and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as on the autism spectrum - a ten-fold increase in prevalence in 40 years [autismspeaks.org].
With April being National Autism Awareness Month, here's the story of little Isabella (pictured above with Kimberly Cortez, a physical therapist who specializes in Aquatic Therapy). Isabella was diagnosed with Autism when she was two years old. Since then, her mother has been bringing her to the Nicklaus Children's Dan Marino Outpatient Center in Weston, Florida, for treatment - treatment that includes Aquatic Therapy.
Aquatic Therapy utilizes the properties of water coupled with traditional therapy techniques to provide comprehensive intervention. Aquatic Therapy is used as a medium to treat children on a one on one basis and is designed specifically for the child's individual needs. Enjoy the video...
Isabella's Story is the latest in a series of Patient of the Month videos I've been producing for Miami Children's Health Foundation who raise funds and awareness for for Nicklaus Children's Hospital (formerly Miami Children's Hospital). To help children like Gracie, please visit www.mchf.org/donate.
#AutismUniquelyYou is a month-long social media campaign celebrating self-identity and acceptance and appreciation for how each of us does our part to make the world a better place for Autism. It’s a simple concept – hand painting for a cause and raising awareness for the Autism Society. The campaign encourages people to paint their hands, make a video or take a picture of a unique product, share it on social media, and urge others to do the same. Share this how-to video from The Autism Society with your friends and collaborators.