Aquatic Occupational Therapy
Aquabilities with Jennifer offers Aquatic Occupational Therapy services to children and adults with special abilities. Our aquatic specialists and professional instructors have helped many swimmers gain function, increased mobility and safety in the water. We work with a wide range of ability levels including persons who have developmental delays, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, sensory integration and those on the autism spectrum.
According to Autism Speaks, "Drowning remains a leading cause of death for children with autism and accounts for approximately 90 percent of deaths associated with wandering or bolting by those age 14 and younger." Being safe both in and around the water is our priority. Our Aquatic Therapists will customize a treatment plan to the swimmer's individual strengths and needs.
Clients who are recovering from back pain, surgery, stroke, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, fibromyalgia, as well as other impairments have found great relief and recovery from therapy in the water. The freedom of movement and resistive properties of the water can help to gain function in your everyday life.
Transition to Daily Life Skills
Our sessions can be more than learning survival and swimming skills in the water. Our therapeutic sessions begin when our clients walk through the door. We help with strategies for changing into the swim suit, toileting, entering the pool, showering and changing back into dry clothes.
Please email or call us to set up a time with one of our Occupational Therapists.
Billing and Payment Information
Please check with your insurance provider to see if they cover Occupational Therapy with an out-of-network provider. The codes that we typically use are 97112 and 97113. We charge $99 per code and each code is 15 minutes. We will bill you monthly for these sessions and so that you may submit invoices to your insurance company for reimbursement.
If going through private insurance, a yearly prescription from a medical doctor is necessary before beginning Occupational Therapy services. This must include a diagnosis code and “Occupational Therapy” with the recommended frequency and duration of the sessions written on the prescription.
If your insurance provider does not reimburse for out-of-network Occupational Therapy services or the amount that you would pay is more with insurance, then you may consider enrolling in a private swimming lesson with an Occupational Therapist that is billed at a lesser rate. Some swimmers may benefit from our inclusion group classes. Please visit our class schedule to enroll in these classes.
Unfortunately we are unable to accept RSA’s from the NYC DOE and we do not participate with Medicare or Medicaid at this time. We do accept payment from RCIL - Self Direction. For more information on this program, please click here. If further assistance is needed, please email us for more information.
Cancellation of an Aquatic Therapy session
Please understand that our instructors rely on their hours for income and they will still be paid in your absence. Any absence notifications received less than 24hrs from the start of the lesson will be billed at the full weekly tuition rate. Any absence notifications received with more than 24hrs notice will be billed the following fee to help cover our instructor's time lost due to the cancellation:
15 minute lesson cancellation fee: $15
30 minute lesson cancellation fee: $30
45 minute lesson cancellation fee: $45