Adapted Physical Education

 What is Adapted Physical Education?

Appropriate physical education for all students.

Change the word "adapted" to "modified" and you have the idea of Adapted Physical Education. It is good teaching which adapts (modifies) the curriculum, task, and/or environment so that ALL students can fully participate in physical education.

Physical education can 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, runing, etc.); and

  • skills in aquatics, dance, and individual and group games and sports (including intramural and lifetime sports)

For all practical purposes, Adapted Physical Education IS developmentally appropriate physical education at its finest. It is adapting, modifying, and/or changing a physical activitiy so it is as appropriate for the person with a disability as it is for a person without a disability.