Aquatic Therapy: An Alternate Therapy for a Child with Autism

Date of Award


Document Type

Research Project

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)




This mixed-methods case study of a pre-school child with autism examined the use of aquatic therapy as an alternate therapy for young children with autistic disorder. Observations and interviews were used to research whether aquatic therapy sessions altered the level of stereotypy the participant typically participated in. Activities on a day without a swim session and a day with the swim session were observed and the levels of physical and verbal stereotypy were recorded to compare. Two therapeutic recreation specialists were interviewed for additional insight on the therapy. Results indicated there was a decrease in the average percentage of both physical and verbal stereotypy during the swim sessions and during the activities post swim session.