Journal article

Physical, cognitive, psychological and social effects of dance in children with disabilities: systematic review and meta-analysis

Tamara May, Emily S Chan, Ebony Lindor, Jennifer McGinley, Helen Skouteris, David Austin, Jane McGillivray, Nicole J Rinehart

DISABILITY AND REHABILITATION | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2021

Abstract

AIM: To date it is unclear whether the physical, cognitive, psychological and social benefits of dance extend to children with disabilities. METHOD: This systematic review synthesised empirical research on the effect of non-therapy dance programs on children with physical and developmental disabilities. RESULTS: Nineteen studies met inclusion criteria, including 521 participants aged 3-18 years and adapted dance programs with duration ranging from 7-78 hours. Sixteen studies had weak methodology. Most examined physical outcomes with improvements in 17/23 areas and meta-analyses showing significant medium to large effects for balance and jumping skills. Positive effects were also indicated fo..

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