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Effective Nov. 1, 2023, clients and families, staff, and visitors are required to wear masks while moving throughout the hospital, including while in elevators and watching the aquatic program on the main floor level. At this time, masks are not required in change rooms or on the pool deck.


Aquatic Therapy

Our Aquatic Therapy program aims to help improve children’s strength, balance, range of motion and overall fitness.

Therapy pool
Updated January 26, 2024

Aquatic Therapy is not running at this time.

We are accepting self-referral forms. 

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital's Aquatic Therapy program aims to help improve children’s strength, balance, range of motion and overall fitness. Any child for whom these specific goals are reasonable and achievable is appropriate to enter this program.

Classes will be provided in a semi-private session (max. 2 children) with individual exercise programs developed and supervised by a physiotherapist.

No physician referral is required. Families can self-refer for Aquatic Therapy program.

Benefits of aquatic therapy include

  • Increase in joint flexibility. Buoyancy offers a tremendous advantage because it reduces the effects of gravity allowing for increased joint range of motion. The warm water also helps to relax muscles that are sore or tight.
  • Increase in muscle strength. Water is 600-700 times more resistive than air which allows for strengthening of weakened muscles. Water resists rapid movement so equipment with increased surface area is used to increase strength.
  • Decrease in pain. Immersion in warm water increases an individual’s comfort, by increasing blood supply to sore muscles and promoting relaxation. Weight relief to weakened body structures also creates additional comfort.
  • Decrease in tone, spasticity, and rigidity. Water temperatures above 92 degrees in conjunction with hands on techniques are effective in creating neutral warmth that reduces increased tone.
  • Improved balance. The uniform pressure of the water along with buoyancy provides support which allows increased time to react without the fear of falling or getting hurt.


Time: 30 -minute semi-private session (times will be assigned based on appropriate grouping)

4:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
4:50 p.m. - 5:20 p.m.

Cost: $90.00 per session 
(Physiotherapy receipts provided)

Location: Elkie Adler Therapy Pool
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital 
150 Kilgour Rd, Toronto, M4G 1R8

Contact: Krysta Pigden 416-425-6220 ext. 3707 or email

Aquatic Therapy
Krysta Pigden - Aquatics Program Assistant