Children have been evidenced to have gained measurable outcomes both physically and in their development of communication both in the water and in land based sessions following taking part in the first 6 weeks of sessions e.g. crossing midline with arms and increasingly using vocalisation to make requests or lifting their head on request for the first time ever.
We have additional reports from families of improvement in their child’s sleeping patterns on the day of the Liquid Vibrations Therapy.
The Liquid Vibration trainers all had extensive knowledge and skill to convey necessary understanding of techniques and aims to staff team members and enabled confidence and skills to be developed over the training period.
Our staff team reported that it was some of the best training they had ever received and we look forward to furthering our work in this area of research, learning and development.
Julia James, Headteacher Bedelsford School, Kingston.
It is an innovative way of engaging our pupils to enjoy music, sounds and movement in a more organic and natural way. The pupils engaged more with each passing week. Where stillness is alien to some it became the norm in our pool when listening under the surface.
Movement that is not usually apparent has started even outside of the pool in the time of the training but if the aquatic bodywork and underwater sounds help with any improvements in our pupils health wellbeing and learning experiences it's worth it. Joel & Steve are amazing practitioners and so easy to work with. It's been an amazing experience for both the pupils and the adults who took part in this training.
(Vanessa Desouza, hydrotherapist at Bedelsford School, Kingston)
'(S) ….. just being independent - swimming alone. I know she was swimming on her tummy but we have never den that before today And in the deep end, and wanting to put her whole head in - where did that come from? … it was just amazing'. Sharon Hitchins, class teacher, Redway Special School, Milton Keynes
Our charity, the Orpheus Centre, is an independent specialist college for young people with disabilities. Last academic year, we ran a project in partnership with Liquid Vibrations where our students devised, recorded and produced music to be used in musical hydrotherapy sessions for people with special needs.
This was an excellent project for students to experience practical application of the skills they are learning in the classroom, with the added benefit of an end product that will enhance the lives of their disabled peers. One student, Tyler, uses a wheelchair and he found the experience highly therapeutic and commented that, "...it was nice to be able to lie down and let the water take control." Other students found the hydrotherapy aspect of the project very relaxing, saying, "I have never felt in such a relaxed state – I am barely able to walk." (Kav) and "I thoroughly enjoyed it, I hope we make more relaxing music," (George).
As people with a disability are more likely to experience poor mental health, we are always keen for our students to experience projects that will help them to maintain their wellbeing and it was clear from the student feedback that Liquid Vibrations' work was of great benefit.
Moira Lambert, Director of Development Fundraising & Marketing, The Orpheus Centre
The Beacon Institute at the University of Kent is proud to work in partnership with Liquid Vibrations, and to support their valuable and innovative work in interactive performance. The company represents a model of creative collaboration between science, technology and artistic practice. Robert Shaughnessy, Acting Director, Beacon Institute, University of Kent