This case study examined the effects of incorporating Informal Dance
Intervention into traditional therapy sessions on body mass index and functional walking in an adolescent girl with cerebral palsy
A 15-year-old adolescent girl, Gross Motor Function Classification System Level II, participated in Informal Dance
Intervention twice weekly in 2, 16 session phases. Sixty-minute sessions focused on waltzing, contra dancing, square dancing, and belly dancing to improve timing, endurance, vestibular functioning, and core strength.
Waist circumference decreased, walking speed increased on the 6-Minute Walk Test and Timed Up and Down Stairs, balance confidence increased per the Activities-specific Balance Confidence Scale, and vestibular functioning improved per changes in the Functional Gait
Recommendations for Clinical Practice:
Incorporating Informal Dance
Intervention, in conjunction with therapy, may be motivating and improve overall health for adolescents with cerebral palsy
to combat their tendency of increased sedentary lifestyle.