Dance-based movement programs are a common physical activity that involve fun, music, socialization and exercise. However, meaningful participation in dance classes and other community-based activities is often challenging for children and young adults with disabilities. This presentation will discuss how interprofessional collaboration between physical therapists (PTs) and movement instructors can help support the physical, social and emotional well-being of children and young adults with disabilities by bridging the gap from school or clinic based therapy to community participation. We will hear from a PT, a movement instructor and young adults with cerebral palsy on the benefits of these types of programs as well as the pros and cons of carrying out collaborative practice in real life.
Attendees will receive practical, evidence-based strategies to help them implement this type of clinic-to-community programming for activities that are of interest to their clients and families.