Date Approved

4-28-1997

Embargo Period

8-24-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Learning Disabilities

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Urban, Stanley

Subject(s)

Children with disabilities--Education (Preschool); Children with disabilities--Education

Disciplines

Disability and Equity in Education

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine whether exposure to a creative dance instructional program would promote growth in the areas of language development and motor skills with preschool handicapped children. Eight youngsters were selected to serve as an experimental group while eight others served as a control group receiving no formal instruction.

The Learning Accomplishment Profile (LAP) and the Peabody Developmental Motor Scales and Activity Cards Test and a Help Checklist served to assess levels before and after the program of instruction.

The results of the study indicated that growth in receptive and expressive language development as well as fine and gross motor skills was a function of exposure to a creative movement program. The outcomes, although encouraging, suggest the need for further study to completely validate results.

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