Adapted Physical Education resources
The National Consortium for Physical Education and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities defines adapted physical education as the following:
Adapted physical education (APE) is physical education which may be adapted or modified to address the individualized needs of children and youth who have gross motor developmental delays. This service should include the following:
· Assessment and instruction by qualified personnel who are prepared to gather assessment data and provide physical education instruction for children and youth with disabilities and developmental delays;
· Accurate assessment data, including diagnostic and curriculum-based data collected by qualified persons;
· Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals and objectives/benchmarks, measurable and objective statements that are reflective of the physical education instructional content and monitored/ evaluated to ensure that goals and objectives are being met in a timely manner;
· Instruction in the least restrictive environment, adapting or modifying the PE curriculum and/or instruction to address the individual abilities of each child. Adaptations are made to ensure that each student will experience success in a safe environment.
For more information, go to http://www.pecentral.org/adapted/adaptedwhatis.html. You can find tips for creating an effective IEP for adapted physical education at http://www.pecentral.org/adapted/adaptediep.html.
You can read about the 15 Adapted Physical Education National Standards at http://www.apens.org/15standards.html.
The American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation also has information on adapted PE at http://www.aahperd.org/aapar/careers/adapted-physical-education.cfm.
The National Association for Sport and Physical Education has a position statement on adapted PE at http://www.aahperd.org/naspe/standards/upload/Eligibility-Criteria-for-A...
Advocacy information regarding adapted PE can be found at http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/pe.index.htm.