ACWF recognizes the need for therapy based interventions in Special Children. Speech Therapy, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Gait training, Behaviour Modification, Vision and Hearing Aids, etc – all fall under the ambit of ACWF’s Therapeutic Interventions. These are extremely essential to ensure physical and mental development of the children.
The problem is that these therapeutic interventions are expensive. A 40-minute session of any of these therapies may cost anywhere between Rs. 400 to Rs. 1200, or more. On an average, a child needs at least two sessions a week. There are just a few Child Development Centres that offer concession to the financially deprived, but even with concession, it is unaffordable for poor households. More often than not, children suffer because their parents are too poor to pay for therapy.
ACWF helps these children. With a view to minimise logistical strain on the families, ACWF identifies Therapy Centres in vicinity of the children. Based on the needs of every individual child, the required therapeutic interventions are administered. The progress of each child is mapped, with timely assessments of the child’s condition. To ensure that a constant vigil is maintained, ACWF officials do unannounced spot visits to the centres that are treating our children.
Aquatic therapy refers to treatments and exercises performed in water for relaxation, fitness, physical rehabilitation, and other therapeutic benefits. It improves physical function, develops and maintains physical control of the body, hence increasing independence.
Aquatic therapy helps children with special needs by providing deep, intense exercise within a soothing and comforting environment.
Aqua therapy is one of the best environments for a child with Cerebral Palsy to improve physical functioning, especially if the child has poor motor ability. Water provides buoyancy that makes aerobic and anaerobic exercises easy to perform effectively, and safely. Additionally, if the water is warm, it has a massage effect on muscles, joints and ligaments that are often over-used and in pain.