Fight for it! Dance to it! — Improving Psychophysiological Outcomes in Youth with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities June 3, 2024 at 4:15 pm

This effort reports on findings from more than 105 hours of assistance/observation with adaptive dance and martial arts involving over 30 youth across a span of 17 months. Content from assisting, observing, and discussions with adaptive dance and martial arts experts is referenced, examined, and interpreted. Insights and lessons learned from the University of Kentucky Human Development Institute’s work with the Adaptive Martial Arts Association to develop national standards, guidance codified in Spectrum SKILLZ martial arts programming as interpreted/practiced by instructors in Kentucky and Virginia, adaptive dance programs offered by dance companies in Kentucky and Texas, and practicum experience as a LEND (Leadership Education in ND) fellow are incorporated.

Key Learning Outcomes

Four Key Learning Outcomes:
1) Sequenced physical activities yield unique psychophysiological benefit for those with ND.
2) Sequenced physical activities produce outcomes and benefits consistent with enhancement of EF.
3) Open (vice closed) physical activities and skills may be of greatest therapeutic value and generalization to independent daily living.
4) Principled approaches developed in dance and martial arts subcultures provide insight for advancing research inquiry and the therapeutic application of open, sequenced, adaptive PA.


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