Creative Dance-Based Communication Intervention for Children With Multiple Disabilities Including Sensory Impairment Creative dance activities are inherently communicative, and research has demonstrated that they can provide effective contexts for children to learn communication skills. Children with sensory disabilities have many risk factors for significant delays in concept and communication development, and creative dance offers an avenue to help this group learn such ... Article
Article  |   December 18, 2017
Creative Dance-Based Communication Intervention for Children With Multiple Disabilities Including Sensory Impairment
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Catherine Nelson
    University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Kristen Paul
    University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Brooke A. Barnhill
    University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
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  • Financial: Catherine Nelson, Kristen Paul, and Brooke A. Barnhill have no relevant financial interests to disclose.
    Financial: Catherine Nelson, Kristen Paul, and Brooke A. Barnhill have no relevant financial interests to disclose.×
  • Nonfinancial: Some information from this article was presented at Council for Exceptional Children Division for Early Childhood Annual Conference 2016
    Nonfinancial: Some information from this article was presented at Council for Exceptional Children Division for Early Childhood Annual Conference 2016×
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School-Based Settings / Attention, Memory & Executive Functions / Part 3
Article   |   December 18, 2017
Creative Dance-Based Communication Intervention for Children With Multiple Disabilities Including Sensory Impairment
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, December 2017, Vol. 2, 70-80. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG12.70
History: Received April 9, 2017 , Revised July 13, 2017 , Accepted July 17, 2017
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, December 2017, Vol. 2, 70-80. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG12.70
History: Received April 9, 2017; Revised July 13, 2017; Accepted July 17, 2017

Creative dance activities are inherently communicative, and research has demonstrated that they can provide effective contexts for children to learn communication skills. Children with sensory disabilities have many risk factors for significant delays in concept and communication development, and creative dance offers an avenue to help this group learn such skills through movement. This article describes how the BEST (Body, Energy, Space, and Time) creative dance framework can be used by educational teams including speech-language pathologists to teach concepts and communication to children and youth with multiple disabilities including sensory impairments. Discussed in the article are the BEST framework, the impact of sensory disabilities on the development of communication, accommodations and modifications that might be needed by children with sensory disabilities, and a description of an interdisciplinary university class that involved dance and special education students. Finally, the article provides three examples that demonstrate how communication and concepts can be taught through creative dance across various age groups.

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