Adapted Physical Education

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The National Consortium for Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities (NCEPID) has made suggestions for best practices for online adapted physical education service delivery. See the attached link for a list of these suggestions.

A checklist was developed to help assist parents/guardians in ensuring the appropriate supports and services for adapted physical education is documented on the IEP. The checklist was developed by Scott McNamara, PhD (University of Northern Iowa); Lauren Lieberman, PhD (SUNY Brockport); Brad Weiner, M. Ed. (Montgomery County Public Schools, MD); and Garth Tymeson, PhD (University of Wisconsin LaCrosse). It's suggested that the checklist be given to every member of the IEP meeting well in advance of the IEP meeting and again at the beginning of the meeting. This checklist will guide the discussion of adapted physical education, ensure services are being documented on the IEP, and ensure schools are staying compliant with special education laws.

Click to obtain the checklist.

Dr. Scott McNamara, University of Northern Iowa, and his research team invite adapted physical educators to complete a survey on your usage of social media to gain information related to the field of APE.

The link to participate can be found at, and should take about 15 minutes. Please consider taking the survey.

Additional Resources for APE teachers:

  1. Facebook: Adapted PE Preschool Specialist Group
  2. Facebook: Adapted PE Specialist
  3. Interactive task schedule for warming up the muscles for adapted physical education. Just drag and drop the icons to the right as the exercises are completed. Created by Delia Powell, Adapted Physical Education Teacher
  4. Elementary lesson about strong bodies. Created by Delia Powell, adapted physical education teacher. Just add your own visual demonstrations,

Resources from Special Olympics:

Special Olympics has compiled a variety of resources for you to use that promote the inclusion, interaction, and learning your students have experienced through Unified Champion Schools.

We’ve created Google Classrooms with resources for you to share with your students, compiled fitness and wellness activities and videos for students to stay active and even created assignments designed to highlight what it means to live and play Unified.

To find these resources CLICK HERE to visit the dropbox we’ve created. If you have a resource you’d like to share with other Unified Champion Schools educators, please send it to us to add.

Dan Ekonen /Sr. Director, Program Leadership

Special Olympics Michigan


A list of other resources for teachers and students from Special Olympics including video discussion guides.