Small Steps is the only Centre in Dubai who provides hydrotherapy to children. Children who register for School Based ABA therapies in Small Steps Centre within GEMS Metropole School receives Hydrotherapy, obviously with parents’ consent.

What is Hydrotherapy?

Hydrotherapy, formerly called hydropathy and also called water cure, is a part of medicine and alternative medicine, in particular of naturopathy, occupational therapy and physiotherapy, that involves the use of water for pain relief and treatment. The term encompasses a broad range of approaches and therapeutic methods that take advantage of the physical properties of water, such as temperature and pressure, for therapeutic purposes, to stimulate blood circulation and treat the symptoms of certain diseases.

Hydrotherapy and Autism

Hydrotherapy helps ease autism in six different ways. A few of these ways help with sensory and social skills. Hydrotherapy also helps children learn about water safety. We will go into a little more detail below, starting with number one!

1. Hydrotherapy helps with sensory processing.

Children with autism are easily distracted, and are sensitive with certain textures. Warm water calms children, and helps ease the senses of children during hydrotherapy. The hydrostatic pressure forms during therapy, and surrounds the body in water, making touch more tolerable.

2. The Physical Benefits

Autistic children gain skills with swimming, balance, and strength during hydrotherapy. They also improve their posture and fine motor skills. With the reduction of body weight in water, there’s less stress and a decrease in impact during therapy exercises.