Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Pool Group

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Children’s Seashore House
3401 Civic Center Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19104  

Oct 10, 2019-Dec 5, 2019, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. (ET)

Aquatic therapy is beneficial for developing strength, improving head and trunk control, respiration and endurance, maximizing attention span, and having FUN!

What is it?

The pool group will be led by an occupational therapist and a physical therapist who are experienced in aquatics and in working with the neuromuscular population. They will guide caregivers in providing water-based activities, which allow children to move more independently, targeting specific muscle groups and movements that are much more challenging to achieve on land. The water is also great to improve breathing and manage secretions. These activities can be used at a home or community pool after the group is done for lifelong therapy and fun.

Who is it for?

Children with a diagnosis of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) between the ages of 1 and 2 years old who can sit independently and a caregiver. A caregiver must be present and in the water to help the child during the session.

Where is it held?

The aquatic therapy pool on CHOP’s Main Campus is located in the basement of Children’s Seashore House on Osler Circle.

When is it held?

The group will meet for eight sessions on Thursdays from Oct. 10 to Dec. 5 (skipping Thanksgiving week) on the following dates:

  • Oct 10, 17, 24 and 31
  • Nov. 7, 14 and 21
  • Dec. 5

Caregivers are encouraged to attend all eight sessions, but it’s not mandatory.

How do I register?

To begin the process of registering, email to: SMApoolgroup@email.chop.edu. Please include your child’s name and date of birth in the email.