Informal Dance Intervention Improves BMI and Functional Gait in an Adolescent with Cerebral Palsy: A Case Report

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Purpose: This case study examined the effects of incorporating Informal Dance Intervention into traditional therapy sessions on BMI and functional gait in an adolescent girl with cerebral palsy (CP). Case Description: A 15-year-old female, GMFCS Level II, participated in Informal Dance Intervention twice weekly in two eight-week phases. Sixty-minute sessions focused on waltzing, contra dancing, square dancing, and belly dancing to improve timing, endurance, vestibular functioning, and core strength. Conclusions: The adolescent’s waist circumference decreased; gait speed increased on the Six-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 Assessment. Recommendation for clinical practice: Incorporating informal dance intervention, in conjunction with traditional therapy, may be a useful motivational tool for the treatment of adolescents.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
JournalPediatric Physical Therapy
Volume0
StatePublished - Oct 2019

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