Rangos School of Health Sciences
Occupational Therapy, Recreational Activities, Leisure, Doctoral Experiential Component
Despite the benefits, children with disabilities do not participate in recreational activities as often as typically developing peers. The purpose of the program was to: 1) describe the benefit of a gymnastics program on a child’s development, and 2) identify the impact of a staff training program. Engagement in the proposed program aimed to ultimately contribute to a child’s involvement in recreational activities, health and quality of life (QOL). All participants in the gymnastics program demonstrated a positive change in motor and communication skills. Pre-test data from the staff training program indicated that none of the gymnastics staff members were comfortable in teaching children with disabilities prior to engagement in the staff training program. Results suggest that organizations should make an increased effort to increase the engagement of children with disabilities in recreational programming.
Leichtenberger, C. (2018). Tumble tOTs: Outcomes of a Gymnastics Program for Children with Disabilities (, Duquesne University). Retrieved from https://dsc.duq.edu/etd/1739