Creative Dance Practice Improves Postural Control in a Child With Cerebral Palsy

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Purpose:To investigate the effect of creative dance instruction on postural control and balance in an 11-year-old with spastic triplegic cerebral palsy, Gross Motor Function Classification Scale level II.Descriptions:We conducted 1-hour dance interventions twice weekly for 8 weeks, with a focus on somatosensory awareness and movement in all planes of motion. Computerized dynamic posturography using the SMART Balance Master/EquiTest (NeuroCom) was used to assess postural control and balance reactions before the first class and following the final class.Outcomes:Gains in standing stability, balance recovery, directional control, and endpoint excursion of movement were found. Participation in creative dance lessons appears to improve somatosensory effectiveness and postural control in a child with cerebral palsy.What This Case Adds:Dance is a fun way to improve balance and coordination. These interventions could be easily implemented into programs for children with cerebral palsy.

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