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Dance Lessons can Help Children with Cerebral Palsy

Children who suffer from cerebral palsy may suffer from a number of motor and gait impairments. New studies indicate that ballet lessons, or any kind of dance classes for that matter, can help these children experience improvement in their motor and movement abilities.

The study was conducted on children with cerebral palsy. All the children in the study were aged between 8 and 14 years of age.  Children who suffer from cerebral palsy typically suffer from problems with motor movements, balance and gait. They also struggle with challenges in strength and endurance. Many of these impairments like those related to endurance and strength, actually worsen with age.

The researchers introduced dance intervention therapies for these children. They assessed the children before and after the dance therapy, and found that there was an improvement in the children’s strength, gait, physical activity as well as motor skills. Besides, dance seems to provide children with cerebral palsy an opportunity to exercise, and this can benefit them since fun options for exercise can be fairly limited for these children.  This can have a positive impact on the social engagement of children with cerebral palsy.

Children who suffer from cerebral palsy may also have limited access to opportunities for social interaction that can help boost their mental and emotional health, and dance can provide an outlet for these children to express themselves in a way that is not possible in other settings.

Children who suffer from cerebral palsy can suffer from a number of physical and neurological challenges. There may be delays or challenges in speech and language as well as limitations in motor skills and movement. Not all children with cerebral palsy suffer the same symptoms. Fortunately, there are interventions and strategies that can be used to help parents of children with cerebral palsy and their children manage these challenges better.

Cerebral palsy has a number of causes, and one of these is lack of oxygen, or hypoxia at birth.  When there are complications at birth that result in deprivation of oxygen to the baby’s brain, there may be brain damage that results in cerebral palsy.

Delays in typical milestones like turning over, sitting up and other skills can be early signs of cerebral palsy. If you suspect that your baby suffers from cerebral palsy, consult a doctor immediately.