How can reading body language help us understand how children with learning and physical disabilities communicate?
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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This study investigated how the body enhances and contributes to communication. The research question 'How can reading body language help us understand how children with learning and physical disabilities communicate?' was designed to discover the body’s potential as a communicative system, due to what appears to be limited knowledge within this area. As a qualitative study, the research process focused on a case study involving one participant within a special school with the researcher adopting the role of participant observer in the dance project. Throughout the case study and collection of data, it became apparent that the participant evidenced her preferred form of communication, identified by the participant herself, which was through the use of her body. A value of participating in dance for individuals with learning disabilities suggests that dance can support and contribute to the development of communication skills, which will serve as a support throughout their lives. The study addressed, contributes to knowledge concerning the potential of the body itself, enhancing our own understanding of the body’s capability to communicate effectively
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