Ways of accommodating the physically challenged

These are the students who keep the bench warm during gym class.In other words, the students who could benefit from physical education the most end up with minimal participation. Physical education teachers around the world are coming up with new ways to include all students and get everyone moving.

Peer-to-peer support groups can work together in class to ensure full inclusion.

For example, when my son was having trouble with his gym locker, another student offered to share his locker with him.

In some school districts, physical education classes are becoming larger and larger due to budget constraints.

For example, in Detroit Public Schools, a single physical education class may have 180 students co-taught by 2 phys ed teachers.

The music problem is easy to solve – lower the volume or turn it off.

Soundproof headphones may also be used indoors, and sunglasses can be used outdoors.

Does your child participate in physical education at school? Studies have found that special education students are less likely to be enrolled in physical education compared to their general education peers.

Separate studies have also found that special education students are more likely to develop childhood obesity and related health conditions compared to their general education peers.

This article was co-authored by Trudi Griffin, LPC.

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