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OTS 124: School-Based Benefits of Aquatic Therapy

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Welcome to the show notes for Episode 124 of the OT Schoolhouse Podcast.

In this podcast episode, Maggie Aschenbrener discusses how she applies her passions for water, children, and occupational therapy by utilizing aquatic therapy in a school-based setting. In addition, she shares valuable insights on the benefits of aquatic therapy, the types of individuals who can benefit from it, and how occupational therapy practitioners can incorporate it into their practice.

This podcast episode is a valuable resource for anyone interested in learning about aquatic therapy or incorporating it into their occupational therapy practice. It provides both inspiration and practical guidance on how to make the most of this modality.

Listen now to learn the following objectives:

  • Identify key benefits of aquatic therapy for individuals with a variety of conditions.

  • Identify specific populations that could benefit from aquatic therapy.

  • Identify potential opportunities to incorporate aquatic therapy into school-based occupational therapy services.

Guest Bio

Maggie Aschenbrener, OTR/L, graduated in 2006 with an undergraduate degree in Occupational Therapy. She earned her master's degree in OT in 2010. She practiced school-based OT from 2006-2021. In 2021, she began working for Concordia University as their Pediatric Clinical Coordinator in the OT department. She has also practiced at a therapeutic horse ranch doing hippotherapy. She loves sharing her passion for OT with others.


“A student who has difficulty with transitions, difficulty with sensory processing, or difficulty with attention or focus, being in the water can really help them regulate their body so that they can then participate in other activities” - Maggie Aschenbrener, OTR/L

“We were working on that participation goal through water, and then generalizing it to the classroom” - Maggie Aschenbrener, OTR/L

“Think about that auditory deprivation. There are no sounds underwater, so a lot of our kids with autism just loved to go under the water and just be little fish… because it just cut out the rest of the world” - Maggie Aschenbrener, OTR/L

“If people didn't do what they love within the profession, then we wouldn't have things like hippotherapy and sensory integration may not even have come to play” - Jayson Davies, M.A. OTR/L


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