Karaoke for quads: A new application of an old recreation with potential therapeutic benefits for people with disabilities

A. I. Batavia, M. Batavia

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Abstract

Purpose: Karaoke is a recreational activity whereby individuals sing into a microphone along with the melodies and lyrics provided both visually and auditorily by a machine. Methods: The potential therapeutic benefits of karaoke are explored in terms of increased respiratory strength, endurance, control, and capacity, as well as emotional and physical release for people with disabilities. Results: Although many individuals with disabilities could benefit from this activity, it is likely to be particularly beneficial to people with compromised respiratory systems, such as persons with high-level quadriplegia (tetraplegia). Conclusion: This article examines theoretical considerations and proposes a research agenda. Empirical research would be valuable to confirm the potential benefits of karaoke for people with disabilities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)297-300
Number of pages4
JournalDisability and Rehabilitation
Volume25
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 18 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation

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