Written by; Kine Huseby Michelsen, Physical Therapist.
Pool exercises and activities in water for children and adolescents with special needs, has proven to give great benefits. In this article we will share our experiences with different children, who all have had great pleasure of the Krabat Pirat floating aid.
There are several reasons as to why activities in water are beneficial for children and adolescents with special needs. Both the updrift in the water and the “water resistance” provide a great opportunity to exercise muscles strength, endurance and improved function. In a hydrotherapy pool the heated water will have a relaxing effect with also helps to reduce spasticity.
Both children and adults with physical disabilities often requires assistance to stay afloat in water, and there are different aids available. The Krabat Pirat is a popular floating aid which can be used of children and adults alike. The chest boars can be adjusted to cover all angels from horizontally in water to an upright standing position. Hence it can also be used as gait training in water. A head support can be fitted for users with little or no head control.
The Krabat Pirat gives the user independence in water. The carer/parent/therapist has two hands available to stimulate movements, instead of supporting the user in the water. The Krabat is easy to use, very lightweight and can be used in both pool water and the sea. Many families bring this floating aid along on their holidays.
Maria Strøm is a Physical Therapist & ATRI Cert Phys Therapist who works in a rehabilitation center in Sweden. She has several hydrotherapy sessions weekly with different children and adolescents, and with a wide range of diagnoses. We are thankful for her feedback.
«Outstanding floating aid for people with poor head control and reduced trunk stability”
Maria Strøm – Physical Therapist & ATRI Cert Phys Ther