Aquatic Occupational Therapy Treatment Interventions

Aquatic Treatment for Physical and Psychological Diagnoses Across the Lifespan
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Demonstrate an understanding of the role of occupational therapy services across the lifespan.
Identify the four main objectives of the graduate’s capstone project.
Articulate the role and application of functional activities during occupational aquatic therapy.
Understand the importance of advocating for the unique role of occupational therapy among current aquatic therapy professionals.


  • Understanding of Occupational, Physical, and/or Aquatic Therapy is recommended before engaging in this course. Additional resources are provided in the course for therapy professionals unfamiliar with the aquatic setting.


This course was developed as a part of my Doctoral Capstone Project for the Drake University Occupational Therapy Doctoral Program. The course covers information regarding my individualized learning project that included specific  learning objectives, functional aquatic therapy intervention examples, information about continuing education in aquatics, and marketing and advocacy efforts utilized to promote aquatic therapy interventions among current and developing occupational therapists. In order to prepare for this experience, I completed an in-depth needs assessment, literature review, and took continuing education courses about current research and practices in aquatic therapy. I am a certified aquatic therapy and rehabilitation therapist and utilized my certification, background knowledge of the setting, and didactic coursework in occupational therapy to develop the educational materials. Throughout my doctoral capstone experience, I developed an occupation-based treatment framework for community members across the lifespan with a variety physical and psychological diagnoses in an aquatic therapy setting while advocating for implementation of aquatic therapy practice among occupational therapists. I engaged in functional water activities with community members to gain hands-on experience, developing my role and skills as a certified aquatic therapist and 3-year occupational therapy student. The implementation of aquatic tasks among participants greatly improved their daily function, health, and wellness, and resulted in overall positive outcomes. The development of my project and experience encouraged me to advocate for an increase in aquatic therapy treatments among therapy professionals. My goal from this course is that individuals will  identify the learning objectives of the project, demonstrate an understanding of OT services across the lifespan, better understand the functional application of OT in aquatics, and identify the importance of advocating for increased OT involvement in aquatics.

Who this course is for:

  • Health care students and professionals interested in aquatic therapy who are familiar with Occupational Therapy are the intended learners for this course.


Occupational Therapy and Aquatic Therapy
Brianna Mazzei
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I am a third year Occupational Therapy Doctoral student at Drake University in Des Moines, IA. I have a goal to work with others to improve their health, wellness, and quality of life through functional engagement. I am Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Certified and am passionate about promoting the functional benefits of aquatics. I received my Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Gerontology from the Georgia Southern University Honors Program. I plan to utilize Udemy to create material to help educate others and advocate for the field of occupational therapy.

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