DANCE! Measuring an Adaptive Dance Program with an Occupational Therapy Lens and a Focus on ICF Domains: A Case Report




De Leon, Rachael

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With an emphasis on ICF domains and use of an occupational therapy lens this doctoral capstone project aimed to:

  1. Bridge the gap in research for how an adaptive dance program impacts upper extremity.
  2. Investigate how an adaptive dance program is measured.
  3. Conduct a feasibility quasi-experimental mixed-method study with clinical assessments completed pre and post intervention to determine the feasibility, impact of the intervention, and use of outcome measures. Outcome measures used in this study were the modified ashworth scale, the pediatric balance test, 6 minute walk test, BOT - 2 subtests 4 and 7, quality of upper extremity skills test, cerebral palsy quality of life, child and adolescent scale of participation as well as a post assessment semi-structured interview. Three qualitative themes were identified. The results of this study found that the outcome measures chosen to measure changes following the adaptive dance program intervention were sensitive enough to detect changes to the ICF domains of body functions, activities and participation. In addition, this capstone project concluded that adaptive dance used as a therapeutic intervention for children with cerebral palsy improved motor coordination, balance, endurance and perceived quality of life.



ICF, Cerebral palsy, Adaptive dance, Quality of life, Occupational therapy