This pilot study measured effects of an adapted dance program on motor abilities and participation in children with Down syndrome (DS) and explored caregivers' qualitative feedback regarding its benefits.
Children with DS participated in 20 weekly 1-hour adapted dance sessions. The Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM) and Gross Motor Function Measure (GMFM) Dimensions D and E were administered before and after the program. Caregivers completed a survey at the last session.
Six children completed pre- and postassessments. Significant improvements were noted in GMFM-88 measures. Caregivers of 5 participants reported improved scores on the COPM that were not significant. Caregivers reported physical, cognitive, and emotional improvements.
This study supports use of an adapted dance program to improve motor abilities and participation in children with DS.
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This pilot study measured effects of an adapted dance program on motor abilities and participation in children with Down syndrome and explored caregivers' qualitative feedback regarding its benefits.
Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy (Ms McGuire and Drs Long and Bailes) and Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (Dr Esbensen), Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Correspondence: Michelle McGuire, PT, MPT, Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, MLC 4007, 3430 Burnet Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45229 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Grant Support: This study was supported by a grant from the Jack H. Rubinstein Foundation.
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