Date of Graduation

Spring 2018

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Major

Early Childhood Intervention Specialist

Research Sponsor

Dr. Evonn Welton

First Reader

Dr. Shernavaz Vakil

Second Reader

Dr. Timothy Lillie

Abstract

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.

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