Integrative Dance to for Adults with Down Syndrome
The purpose of this study is to examine the changes in postural stability in adults with Down Syndrome following exposure to an intervention of integrative dance. It was hypothesized that a significantly increased stability would be observed in participants following 12-weeks of integrative dance training. The participants included 7 individuals with Down Syndrome recruited via convenience sample from a day-habilitation facility. This study was approved by the college institutional review board and informed consent was signed by the individual or their court appointed legal guardian prior to testing. Participants registered in the study participated in 12 weeks of integrative dance training on a college campus, twice per week of 60 minutes. Participants were tested on a Wii Balance board pre and post intervention under four conditions: in four conditions: (1) bilateral stance with eyes open, (2) bilateral stance with eyes closed, (3) unilateral stance on the right limb (4) unilateral stance on the left limb.