What is A.P.E.?

Adaptive Physical Education

Federal law (PL 94-142, PL 101-476, PL 105-17) mandates that physical education be provided to students with disabilities and defines Physical Education as the development of: physical and motor skills, fundamental motor skills and patterns (throwing, catching, walking, running, etc) and skills in aquatics, dance, and individual and group games and sports (including intramural and lifetime sports).

Adapted Physical Education is Physical Education which has been adapted or modified, so that it is as appropriate for the person with a disability as it is for a person without a disability.

Exercise utilizes the whole body and effectively diffuses many of the body’s energy. With that in mind our goal is safety first, then, getting used to and comfortable in the activity.

Play in the gym should be the bridge to social development. Meaningfulness is the goal; to learn to run, to kick, to throw, to hit, are the objectives that can be met out in the gym with peers and staff as models and motivators. Children get proprioceptive feedback by learning to do physical activities. Through a consistent policy within a controlled and safe environment I believe we will be able to broaden and develop the individuality and interests of each child.

Each and every student benefits from each of the core goals in the gym. We guide each student to lessen any sense of fear, and in turn arouse an interest in sports and in gym, fostering eagerness in each student. This is the foundation for all learning. Also in the gym we provide guidance that allows the students to direct their interests onto a variety of activities, not fixating on one. And, I believe most importantly, to not just give technical guidance in terms of accomplishing an activity, but providing leadership that gives a psychological self confidence and outlook on life.

We are, as an overall goal, lessening the restless activity driven by mood, excitation and agitation and are refocusing it towards play, relationships and socialization. 


  • Calisthenics: Modified push up’s, sit up’s and walking
  • Team Sport: concentrating on skills and drills and team aspects of activities ranging from volleyball, floor hockey, soccer, basketball and balloon tennis.
  • Obstacle Course: With hurdles, tunnels, tumbling/tackling balance beams and climbing
  • Weights: Involves utilizing free weight exercise such as curls, military press, and squats to promote physical strength and enhance self esteem.
  • Free Play Friday: We utilize all of the above mentioned activities plus scooters, where all the staff and students are encouraged to interact in a “free play” environment.
  • Bart
  • Zumba Fitness


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