Adapted Physical Education (APE)
APE is a direct service that can be provided to a student with a disability. 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.
Federal law 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).
This service should include the following:
- Assessment and instruction by qualified personnel means that professionals 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 personnel.
- Individualized Education Program (IEP) Goals and Objectives / Benchmarks are measurable and objective statements written by the physical education instructor. The goals and objectives are reflective of the physical education instructional content and monitored/evaluated according to district policy, to ensure that goals and objectives are being met in a timely manner.
- Instruction in a Least Restricted Environment (LRE) refers to adapting or modifying the physical education curriculum and/or instruction to address the individualized abilities of each child. Adaptations are made to ensure that each student will experience success in a safe environment. Placement is outlined in the IEP and may include one or more of the following options general physical education setting, the general physical education setting with a teaching assistant or peer support, a separate class setting with peers, a separate class setting with teaching assistant, or a one-to-one setting between students and the instructor.
APE teachers address the unique needs of the child that results from the child's disability to ensure access to the general curriculum. For additional information on the Adapted Physical Education (APE) program, please contact:Julie Thompson
(281) 245-2667Lista Morris
(281) 245-2667Joyelle WilliamsAPE Teacherjvwilliams@alvinisd.net(281) 245-2667Additional Resources:Adapted Physcial Education National Standards (APENS)PE Central is a web site that provides information about developmentatally appropriate physical education practices and programs.