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Adapted Physical Education


What is Adapted Physical Education?


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.

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

The services provided by an APE teacher may include (adapted from Sherrill, 1998):

  • Planning services
  • Assessment of Individuals /Ecosystems
  • Prescription/Placement: The IEP
  • Teaching/Counseling/Coaching
  • Evaluation of Services
  • Coordination of Resources and Consulting
  • Advocacy

The APE teacher is a direct service provider, not a related service provider, because physical education for children with disabilities is a federally mandated component of special education services [U.S.C.A. 1402 (25)]. 

This information and more can be found at Adapted Physical Education National Standards; https://apens.org/whatisape.html

For Imperial County SELPA APE Program Information please contact;

Tiffany Claverie

Program Specialist APE; Assistive Technology; Circle of Friends Imperial County Chapter
E-mail: tiffany.claverie@icoe.org
Phone: (760) 312-6505


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