Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Dr. Ruth Crutchfield
Dr. Theresa Mata-Pistokache
Dr. Jocelyn McDonald
Current literature suggests that dance therapy in individuals with Parkinson’s disease shows noticeable improvement in motor functions, for example gait and balance improvement. Additionally, patients with Parkinson’s disease who participate in dance therapy may perceive positive benefits on their quality of life. Therefore, it is believed that increases in core support and improvements in posture, as a result of dance therapy, will have effects on the voice in patients with PD.
This thesis pulls from literature supporting treatment approaches in the field of speech-language pathology for voice patients with Parkinson’s disease. The aim of this study was to evaluate the benefits of dance therapy on voice in patients with Parkinson’s disease in a multicultural population. In this study, a quantitative design was employed to record patients’ perceptions of effects on their voice following dance therapy. Research findings reveal half of respondents observed improvements in their voice following dance therapy.
Ramirez, Ivon N., "The Effects of Dance Therapy on Voice in Patients with Parkinson's Disease in a Multicultural Population" (2018). Theses and Dissertations. 341.