By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
The warm waters of aquatic therapy help increase range of motion, reduce pain and keep essential body systems running, according to staff at the Center for Medically Fragile Children at Providence Child Center.
The water also can open a world of social and verbal skills, said staff members who provide 24-hour skilled nursing care for children with profound disabilities and complex medical needs. For those reasons, the center has opened an aquatic therapy spa for its residents.
Therapy is important for their daughter, Evie, said Korine and Jeremy Suess. Evie has a disability that makes it difficult for her to express emotions.
“It wasn’t until she started doing the aquatic therapy that we saw Evie express pleasure,” Korine Suess said. “To try and put into words the feeling we felt, after seeing her start to experience her world and enjoy it, is impossible.”
Charitable gifts to Providence Child Center made it possible to replace an old pool with the new spa, which was hoisted by crane and lowered through the center’s roof. Donations help maintain the ongoing therapy sessions for children, said Pat Budo, the center director.