Date of Graduation
Honors Research Project
Bachelor of Arts
Early Childhood Intervention Specialist
Dr. Evonn Welton
Dr. Shernavaz Vakil
Dr. Timothy Lillie
This paper explores the impacts of being a member of a swim team on individuals with Down syndrome through a literal replicated case study on two individuals with Down syndrome. By conducting structured interviews with both individuals, their parents, and coaches, as well as research from written articles, the impacts of participating on a swim team are identified by physical health, behavior, and self-perception. Physical health changes are measured by weight, energy level, and muscle tone. Both positive and negative behavior changes were shared to me by the parents and coaches. Self-perception changes are measured by levels of self-confidence and self-image. The overall findings of this paper suggests that, in these two cases, being a member of a swim team impacted both individual’s life in numerous positive ways. However, because this was a small study, it should be replicated or researched further before concluding that being a member of a swim team has positive impacts for all individuals with Down syndrome.
Fenwick, Erin, "The Impact of Being a Member of a Swim Team on Individuals with Down Syndrome" (2018). Honors Research Projects. 740.