Hydrotherapy for Kids

Hydrotherapy uses the principles of heat and buoyancy to allow for effective treatment of a number of conditions.

Hydrotherapy is not about swimming, but working your child's body against the gravity of water. Antigravity positioning is great for the development of core stability and muscle strength, particularly the shoulder girdle.

The water provides your child with an experience that heightens the sensory feedback processes within their body and can help your child be more aware of where there body is in space.

An improvement in these skills can also help to improve your child's handwriting.

Occupational therapists assist a child in the water to facilitate their movements with hands on therapy. This allows a child to improve their balance and coordination, and really work their bodies against the gravity of water.

OT for Kids offers group and 1:1 hydrotherapy sessions tailored to the needs of your child.

Who can benefit from Hydrotherapy?

  • Children with dyspraxia or developmental co-ordination disorder (DCD)
  • Children with developmental delay
  • Children with neurological difficulties

Benefits of Hydrotherapy

There are a number of benefits to Occupational Therapy based hydrotherapy including:
  • Heightened sensory feedback
  • Improved balance
  • Improved strength and endurance
  • Improved coordination
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Water confidence
  • Improved handwriting
  • Fun and stimulating
Because of the improvement to shoulder and muscle strength, an improvement in handwriting may be seen - when the large muscles of the shoulder girdle work effectively and are strong, they provide stability for the smaller muscles in the hand and arm to do their job effectively.


Hydrotherapy is a great way to work your child's body against the gravity of water. Water is great for antigravity positioning, an occupational therapist helps to facilitate movement in the water and can be an effective treatment for children who have difficulty with coordinating their movements, their handwriting or may have suspected dyspraxia. It is also a great way of allowing your child to engage with other children who have similar levels of ability to promote self-esteem and coordination.

Arrange an appointment

If you would like to make an appointment for a hydrotherapy session, or for more information, please contact one of our experienced occupational therapists at office@otforkids.co.uk or call us on 0330 223 0888

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Why choose us?

  • Caring and Professional Service
  • Variety of services available
  • First class Occupational Therapists
  • Modern clinics
  • Saturday and Sunday appointments available
  • Able to see you at home, in school or in one of our clinics
  • Registered with the Health Professions Council and the British Association of Occupational Therapy

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What people say about us...

OT for Kids have been a great help in aiding my son Jake with coping with his dyspraxia both at home and in school. They came out to our house and completed the assessment at home.

The assessment and report proved beneficial in our discussions with Jake's school and we are very pleased with the outcome the report has helped us achieve.
Jackie, parent.
At our school, there are many children who have difficulty forming letters correctly, concentrate or perform well in P.E, which can impact greatly on their learning. With the support and OT Groups available from OT for Kids, these children have made great progress and are now at a level which is not so concerning. As a teacher and SENCO, I thoroughly enjoyed working (and learning) from the Occupational Therapist.
Emily, SENCO and Teacher.
As a case manager, I regularly deal with many private companies. I found OT for Kids to be highly professional, reliable and provide me with flexible appointments that suited both me and my clients. The OT completed a comprehensive assessment and report, which was not only clear, concise and an accurate reflection of the difficulties, but it was returned to me quickly.
John, Case Manager.
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