The Hydro Pool
We are very proud of our Hydrotherapy pool at the Jack Tizard school. It is approximately 10m by 7m and is a consistent depth of 1.2m. It is accessible to people of all abilities as it there is a ramp available for people to walk down or use a shower chair to access the pool water, as well as a ceiling hoist which runs directly from the changing area to the pool. The water is kept around 33 degrees centigrade and the air temperature is around 34 degrees centigrade.
Our fantastic lighting system means that we can adapt the pool environment to suit our classes’ lesson, topics and create a different atmosphere. Our sensory lights are on waterproof buttons meaning that swimmers can learn to control this aspect of the environment independently whilst in the pool.
At Jack Tizard we are sensitive to the possibility that this environment can be overwhelming for some; and we are proactive in adapting our environment as much as we can to meet the sensory needs of our students.
Our pool is open to the students of the Jack Tizard School between 9.15am and 3pm, with a varied timetable allowing every class in our school the opportunity to swim. It is normal for students to swim 1 to 1 with their teaching assistants. We also are able to link with the Physiotherapists and Speech & Language therapists to ensure our sessions are as safe and as beneficial as they can be. Our staff use elements from the Halliwick concept and AquaEpps training to support students in the water.
We are proud to have a growing pool team, and many teaching assistants throughout our school also hold an Emergency First Responder qualification; meaning they are trained in first aid and pool rescue techniques.
There are many benefits to swimming whether that is physical, social or psychological, as well as many sensory benefits. Being in water can provide our students with visual, tactile, olfactory and auditory stimulation; as well as it creating vestibular and proprioceptive sensory input which is completely different to working on land. There are many opportunities for choice and development in our swimming sessions, as well as the opportunity to develop and maintain daily living skills such as dressing techniques, developing gross motor skills, or developing communication and choice skills.
Here are Just a few other benefits of Hydrotherapy:
- Respiratory/ Breathing benefits
- Improved Fitness Level
- Opportunity for increased Mobility
- Less pressure on joints
- Experience of freedom
- Development of Swimming/ Aquatic Skills
- Improved Sleep
- Experience hydrostatic pressure
- Improved blood flow and circulation
- Confidence and safety in water.
- Increased Relaxation
- Opportunity for learning and developing independence
- Increase in appetite
- Opportunity for reduced pain
- Developing Social Interactions
- Building trusted friendships
- Opportunity for more social engagement
Our pool can be hired out of school hours and for more information on this please contact
Priority for hires does go to those who are not able to access a standard leisure pools and would require the use of our specialist equipment. And as a venue, to ensure that we fulfil our duty of care towards the health and safety of all users of the hydrotherapy pool, an Emergency First Responder (or equivalent) is to be present for external hires.