Taking part in performing arts activities that include vocal activities such as group singing, and drama classes can have psychosocial benefits (Barnish & Barran, 2020). Recent evidence suggests that there are potential therapeutic benefits of such activities for adults with dysarthria (e.g. Abell et al., 2017; Fogg-Rogers et al., 2016). However, there is limited knowledge on whether children with dysarthria might equally benefit from vocal performing arts activities. This report is based on a project that aimed to determine whether children with dysarthria benefit from drama classes in a similar way as adults. For this purpose, a survey was developed and distributed to parents, whose children have dysarthria and participate in drama workshops offered by a small charity in Scotland. Parental reports showed that their children benefit from these activities, not just in terms of psychosocial development such as self-confidence, but also in terms of greater clarity of speech as well as increased communication participation in social contexts.
|Place of Publication||Glasgow|
|Publisher||University of Strathclyde|
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 30 Nov 2022|
- drama activities
- speech production
- parental perceptions