Adaptive Physical Education (APE) 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 (PE) 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).
These services can include adjusting the physical education activities so that they are appropriate, safe, and therapeutic for each individual student with a disability. APE is usually provided by someone with a background in physical education and/or therapy. The services will usually take place in a gym within the general education PE class. The type and frequency of service are decided at the Team meeting.
Monitoring and consultation to parents and physical education teachers is provided regarding the interventions. Data may be collected in a variety of settings to track the success of the service.
Coordination of physical and health services
Development of modifications and accommodations
Co-planning with the physical education teachers
Participation in collaborative team meetings
The special education faculty are involved in the transition process between receiving and sending teachers.