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What is an adapted physical education and why might my child need APE services?
An Adapted Physical Education Specialist (APE) is a highly-trained professional who evaluates and provides APE programs specially designed to address the individual needs of young children, youth and adults who have gross motor developmental delays.
Can ACP evaluate and provide services for my child?
What Is Adapted Physical Education: The services include the following:
- Assessment and Instruction by qualified personnel means that professionals are prepared to gather assessment data and provide physical education instruction.
- Accurate Assessment Data, including diagnostic, and curriculum-based data are collected by qualified personnel.
- Individualized Education Program (IEP) Goals and Objectives are measurable and objectives statements written by the physical education instructor. The goals and objectives are measurable are reflective of the physical education content and monitored and evaluated according to appropriate timelines.
- Instruction in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) refers to adapting and modifying the physical education curriculum and/or instruction to address the individual abilities of each child/youth/adult. Adaptations are made to ensure that each student will experience success in a safe environment. Placement is outlines in the IEP and may include the following options.
* The general physical education setting
* The general physical education setting with a teaching assistant or peers
* The specially designed physical education setting with peers
* The specially designed physical education setting with teaching assistants
* A one-on-one setting between the students and the APE teacher
For all practical purposes, Adapted Physical Education IS developmentally appropriate physical education at its finest. It involves differentiating instruction so the physical activity is as appropriate for the person with a disability as it is for a person without a disability. The emphasis of adapted physical education is to facilitate participation of students with disabilities with typically developing peers in age-appropriate activities and setting.
Adapted Physical Education is a federally mandated component of special education services that provides for an equitable physical education experience for student’s ages 3-21 with a disability as part of the child’s special education services. Change the word “adapted” to “differentiated” and you have the idea of Adapted Physical Education. It is GOOD teaching which differentiates the curriculum, task, equipment, and/or environment as appropriate for each child or adult, so ALL students/individuals can successfully learn and participate in physical education.
How long are adapted physical education and occupational therapy services?
The evaluating teacher and or therapist (team) will make a recommendation for the length of time services should be provided. We offer services in .5 hr, .75 hr, and 1.0 hr in length. The APE or OT will help you make that decision based on your child’s needs.