ASD's Physical Education and Adapted Physical Education programs focus on health-related physical fitness, cooperative games, rhythm and dance, and learning skills and habits that will foster a lifetime of healthy living. Our program is inclusive to all students, no matter what the developmental or skill level of the student. A health and nutritional component has also been added, giving students the tools they need to make educated decisions about their health, fitness, and wellness both now and in their future.
While the Connecticut Mastery Test is used, it is not the primary assessment tool. The program uses the Brockport Physical Fitness Test which is designed specifically for students with mental and/or physical disabilities, but also can be used for our highest functioning student. We also use a Screening Checklist to gauge students' developmental level in areas of locomotor skills, balance, identification of body parts, visual motor skills, tracking, physical fitness, and concepts. The data gleaned from these assessments help our teachers place students into individualized physical or adapted education classes, as well as set specific individual student's program goals and objectives.
Affective domain learning (cooperation and respect, working with others, effort and participation) Cognitive domain learning (knowledge of concepts, rules and procedures, understanding the benefits of being healthy and fit) and Psychomotor Domain learning (physical skills) are always target goals in Physical Education class.
The physical education program is a collaborative effort involving Student Health Services, Food Services, therapists and counselors, teachers and teacher aides, and parent/guardians. Class units range from obstacle courses, rhythm and dance, yoga, sports-related skills, to cooperative games where students work together in teams. We also incorporate the Sports Education Model (Siedentop) which encompasses all components of a traditional sports team. Beside players, you have referees, equipment managers, sports reporters, sport photographers. This model allows students to be involved in all aspects of a sporting event.
For more information, contact:
Chair of the Health and Physical Education Committee