Building connections and achieving goals through recreation therapy and aquatic therapy       


For Individuals with Special Needs at the

Gemini Center
21225 Lorain Rd
Fairview Park, OH

Mandel JCC
26001 South Woodland Rd
Beachwood, OH 44122

Shaw JCC of Akron

750 White Pond Dr

Akron, OH 44320

  For individuals ages 1 through adulthood.

  Our Aquatic Therapy Programming is conducted in private 1:1 45 minute sessions.

We provide  1:1 standardized assessments  in the pool, a parent or caretaker assessment, detailed list of goals and a treatment plan based on the comprehensive evaluation of all assessments, followed by daily documentation of progress.  
A wide variety of aquatic equipment and therapeutic techniques are used to work with the natural dynamics of the water to assist clients with the motor planning that is involved in increasing muscle and tone development, exercise, safety, rehabilitation, swimming, strengthening, and overall recreation satisfaction. 

Goals often targeted include:

  • Muscle tone
  • Strength
  • Balance
  • Coordination
  • Range of motion
  • Flexibility
  • Spatial awareness
  • Increase cardiovascular function
  • Master a variety of swimming skills
  • Safety in and around water, and
  • Decreasing anxiety, stress, and fear of water.  

All goals are determined individually and specific treatment plans are developed based on client need. 

    For Registration, please contact Kia Picker at or 216-973-9647 and fill out registration form.

"Amazing, amazing experience. One of my boys is in aquatic therapy and the other on swim team. Instructors are both knowledgeable and absolutely wonderful with the children." -Rebekah, parent

Also available:

Parent and Me Swim Class

Begin (or continue!) learning water safety skills in a group setting with our experienced instructors

Aquatic Therapy Services

Current sessions and starting new clients on hold.