Dance program for physical rehabilitation and participation in children with cerebral palsy

Citlali Lopez-Ortiz, Kim Gladden, Laura Deon, Jennifer Schmidt, Gay Girolami, Deborah Gaebler-Spira

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Objective: This pilot study aimed to examine a classical ballet program created for children with cerebral palsy (CP) as an emerging physical rehabilitation modality. The main program goals were to promote participation and to provide an artistic, physically therapeutic activity. Methods: The study was conducted in collaboration with a tertiary rehabilitation hospital, one outpatient physical therapy clinic, and one community center. As a pilot exploratory study, the research design included questionnaires to assess the participants' (children (n = 16), parents (n = 16), and therapists (n = 13)) perceptions on the therapeutic benefit of the dance program. A binomial statistical model was adopted for the analysis of the results. Results: Main results were that the children reported high enjoyment level (p <.0001) and desire for more classes (.0001); the parents reported perceived therapeutic benefit (p <.0001); and the therapists viewed the class as a positive adjunct to therapy (p <.0001). Conclusions: The main limitation of this work was the utilization of subjective outcome measures. However, this is the first step toward the development of objective measures of an intervention that, to our knowledge, has not been analyzed in the past. We conclude that the program has the potential of developing into an evidence based rehabilitation resource for children with CP.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-54
Number of pages16
JournalArts and Health
Volume4
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 10 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Cerebral Palsy
Rehabilitation
Statistical Models
Parents
Therapeutics
Tertiary Care Centers
Research Design
Outpatients
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Participation
Physical
Dance

Keywords

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Children
  • Dance
  • Participation
  • Physical rehabilitation

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  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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Dance program for physical rehabilitation and participation in children with cerebral palsy. / Lopez-Ortiz, Citlali; Gladden, Kim; Deon, Laura; Schmidt, Jennifer; Girolami, Gay; Gaebler-Spira, Deborah.

In: Arts and Health, Vol. 4, No. 1, 10.09.2012, p. 39-54.

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Lopez-Ortiz, Citlali ; Gladden, Kim ; Deon, Laura ; Schmidt, Jennifer ; Girolami, Gay ; Gaebler-Spira, Deborah. / Dance program for physical rehabilitation and participation in children with cerebral palsy. In: Arts and Health. 2012 ; Vol. 4, No. 1. pp. 39-54.
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