Adaptive Physical Education

Adaptive physical education (APE) may also be referred to and known as specially designed physical education (SDPE).  APE is provided by the physical education teacher in addition to or in replacement of regular education physical education class.  From Wisconsin DPI:


The term “specially designed physical education” is special education (specially designed instruction) as specified in the student’s IEP, and may occur during the regular physical education class if that is the least restrictive environment for the student. It is recognized that students with disabilities benefit from appropriate physical education programming, specifically one that will meet the individual child’s diverse needs.


The physical therapist is available as a resource and support to consult and team with the physical education teacher to identify strategies, modifications, and adaptations to increase independence and participation in physical education related activities and overall mobility and gross motor activities. Adaptive PE provides additional practice, a more controlled, less chaotic environment, and more individualized instruction to build on motor skills and work toward a student’s goals. 


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