Hy­drother­apy helps all ages

Isis Town and Country - - News -

CHILDERS woman Jo Jen­nings sat in si­lence as pro­test­ers lis­tened to speeches at Isis War Me­mo­rial Swim­ming Pool on Tues­day.

Ms Jen­nings sat and watched as speeches call­ing for La­bor to re­in­state fund­ing wound up, and called to Town & Coun­try to en­sure an im­por­tant but so far over­looked fac­tor was high­lighted.

“So far ev­ery­thing has been about how this is good for older peo­ple,” she said. “It’s not.

“If you ever want your heart melted, you should watch some of the chil­dren with Down syn­drome us­ing hy­drother­apy.

“Th­ese are kids from tod­dlers to 16 years old. It’s not just about hy­drother­apy for them; it’s about the so­cial skills as well.”

Ms Jen­nings said she had to cover a 100km round trip to Bund­aberg and back for her treat­ment, and that travel is one of the al­ready-high­lighted is­sues.

“It does them the world of good – they en­joy it so much,” she said.

“Hy­drother­apy isn’t just for older peo­ple and you just have to see those kids with var­i­ous is­sues to prove it. The benefits far out­weigh any neg­a­tives.”

PHOTO: MIKE KNOTT

POOL NEEDED: Lesley Be­han, Pa­tri­cia Hen­rick­son and Jo Jen­nings would like to see a hy­drother­apy pool in Childers.

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