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About Adapted Child’s Play Inc.

ACP teachers and therapists have a unique style in presenting information to students by first and foremost developing a rapport to make them feel comfortable and relaxed. Teachers and Therapist develop motivating activities offering novelty, variety, and multi-sensory opportunities to imitate adult tasks, freedom to make choices and chances to move and play with joyful enthusiasm.

ACP also expect students to do their part to help reach their full potential. Each student is unique and should be treated as a whole person, by including his/her family, culture, strengths and weaknesses into their education plan. The ACP team looks forward to working with your family!

Our teachers and therapists have presented in state, national and international conferences, but find the most satisfaction directly evaluating, developing treatment strategies and providing the best gross and fine motor movement services to the students they work with.


Marnie Young, M.A. C.A.P.E.

1996 California State APE Teacher of the Year

2006 National APE Teacher of the Year

2014 J. K. Williams, Jr. International Adapted Aquatics Award

Marnie Young is ACP president and owner.  She has been working as an Adapted Physical Education Specialist for 30 years.  She leads a team of national and state licensed adapted physical education teachers  and occupational and physical therapist.  Marnie was born in Whittier, CA. and attended California State University Long Beach where she was a student athlete competing on the 49er’s Division 1 Swim and DiveTeam. As a division 1 student athlete in the sport of diving Marnie understands the high level of commitment it takes to realize your dreams. Marnie double majored in Kinesiology with an emphasis In Adapted Physical Education and Speech Arts for Children. She went on to receive a Master of Arts degree in Adapted Physical Education. During her graduate work, Marnie completed a thesis studying Motor Skills and the Developmentally Delayed. Since her work had not been done before Marnie wrote and piloted a 2 year study of her assessment tool before she conducted her thesis. Marnie’s thesis was awarded the Thesis of the Year for the College of Health and Human Services.  Marnie has been recognized Internationally, nationally and across the state as a leader in her field of adapted physical education and adapted aquatics, and as an esteemed dive coach. Marnie enjoys mentoring graduate students in adapted physical education who are beginning their careers. Marnie is the head coach for a local sports team Dive San Diego for competitive divers. She is married to her husband Don of 9 years and has 1 son Zane who is a local musician and barber.