Adapted Physical Education

Adapted Physical Education is physical education that may be adapted or modified to address the individualized needs of children and youth who have gross motor developmental delays. Change the word "adapted" to "modified" and you have the idea of Adapted Physical Education.

Adapted physical education is developmentally appropriate physical education at its finest. Adapted physical education may take place in classes that range from those in regular physical education (i.e., students who are main streamed) to those in self- contained classrooms. Although an adapted physical education program is individualized, it can be implemented in a group setting. It should be geared to each student's needs, limitations, and abilities. Whenever appropriate, students receiving an adapted physical education program should be included in regular physical education settings.

The Adapted Physical Education teacher is a direct service provider because special physical education is a federally mandated component of special education services. This means that physical education needs to be provided to the student with a disability as part of the child's special education.

Family members play an important role in the physical activity behavior of their children. This is particularly true of children with disabilities who may find it hard to participate in sport and recreation programs independent of their parents. In many cases adolescents with disabilities are less likely to have a large circle of friends. Friends, training partners, and support from others are an important part of physical activity and participation in youth sports programs for all kids. In general physical activity participation is hard for individuals with disabilities. Parents can make a difference in the physical activity behaviors of their child and in turn impact on their own fitness levels.

Note: Above information was gathered at the following website: The website for health and physical education teachers.

Helpful Links on Information for Parents and Staff:

Braille Books
National Center of Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD)
The National Consortium for Physical Education and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities (NCPERID)
PALAESTRA: Forum of Sport, Physical Education & Recreation for those with Disabilities
Physical Education Central: The website is for health and physical education teachers.
Special Olympics
State Council on Adapted Physical Education