Adapted Physical Education
The Maine Department of Education is committed to ensuring high-quality physical education programs for all learners. Adapted physical education is a comprehensive service delivery system established to assure that a child with a disability and identified needs has an appropriate physical education program. Problems within the psychomotor domain can be addressed by providing individualized programming, instruction in a variety of ways, ecologically-based assessments, and modification of traditional physical education activities and equipment.
These adapted services are delivered in many forms, including regular physical education class with few modifications; physical education class with support, adaptations, specialized equipment and compensatory rules; and physical education class augmented with additional adapted physical education instruction. Although rare, some students with disabilities’ needs are best met in separate adapted physical education classes, but this offering should be pursued only after all other options have been explored in an effort to provide quality programming for the student.
- Laws & Policies. A quality physical education curriculum will align to and incorporate related laws and policies.
- National Consortium for Physical Education and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities. This consortium promotes research, professional preparation, service delivery and advocacy of physical education and recreation for individuals with disabilities.
- Professionals Allied for Movement Guidelines (RTF, 134KB). These guidelines can be used to implement adapted physical education, physical therapy, occupational therapy and therapeutic recreation in Maine schools, prepared under the direction of the Maine Task Force on Adapted Physical Education.
- Teaching Qualifications. Teachers who hold a physical education teaching certificate may provide adapted physical education services, but they may be required to consult with others.