New! IEP Checklist: Physical Education Services

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ISSN: 1538-320
April 30, 2019

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boy at school with basketball in wheelchairDid 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 and requirements for physical education instruction. Find out about Adapted Physical Education (APE) and when it is appropriate for your child. Get the new PE Checklist for IEPs.

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New! Checklist for PE Services in the IEP

Make sure the IEP team fully addresses your child’s Physical Education placement and services.

  • Discuss each section with the IEP team.
  • Ask questions in the team meeting.
  • Don’t check an item until you fully understand and are in agreement.
  • Document any issue.

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Physical Education and Adapted PE

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 page on Physical Education (PE) and Adapted Physical Education (APE).

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IDEA 2004: PE Content and Requirements

Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2d Edition, pages 55, 202, and 206.

20 U.S.C. § 1401(29); 34 C.F.R § 300.39(b)(2); 34 CFR § 300.108

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Equal Time for PE: 1x30 = 3x45. Can You Do the Math?

The school agreed to APE on my son's IEP - but only 30 minutes a week. The general ed kids get three 45 minutes sessions of PE a week. Shouldn't he get the same amount as the gen ed kids?

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