Phys Ed: A Requirement
for Your Child's Special Education Program

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ISSN: 1538-320

November 16, 2010

School boy in PE class on roller boardDid you know that if your child has a disability and an IEP, IDEA requires the school to provide physical education as part of your child's special education program?

Often parents write us saying they feel their child is left out of PE or recess. Problems also occur when teachers don't know how to include a child with disabilities in physical education.

Because PE is a required component of special education, your child's physical education teacher should be included as a member of the IEP team.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate, you will learn the IDEA definition of physical education and the requirements for instruction in PE. Find out about Adapted Physical Education (APE), when it is appropriate for your child, and national standards for APE instruction.

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New Page! Physical Education and Adapted PE
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If your child cannot be included in regular physical education, an effort must be made to involve him using supplementary aids and services or through adapted physical education.

For articles, information, and resources go to our new page on Physical Education (PE) and Adapted Physical Education (APE).

Learn about the national standards for adapted physical education and how we can ensure that all students who qualify for specially designed physical education services receive instruction from a "qualified" teacher.

 
Common Misconceptions about PE for Kids with Disabilities
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  • Physical education cannot be the only special education service on the IEP. TRUE / FALSE
  • Adapted physical education teachers live in the gymnasium and are not involved in the IEP Process. TRUE / FALSE
  • Instructional assistants/paraprofessionals are not part of the physical education program. TRUE / FALSE

Watch the video video iconHealthy, Physically Fit, and Ready for Action. Learn about all aspects of adapted physical education: definition, legislative issues, assessment, service delivery, quality of instruction, and the truth about the top 10 misconceptions about PE for kid with disabilities.

 
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Why You Need to Ask "Dumb" Questions
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I was so "dumb" that when my daughter was in first grade, her father or I went to school every day she was scheduled for physical education so we could remove her from activities that were contraindicated for her physical condition.

I was so "dumb" I didn't know there was such a thing as adaptive physical education, or that the school had to make accommodations for her disability and modifications to the curriculum.

Read Advocate Pat Howey's explanation of Why You Need to Ask "Dumb" Questions.

 
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