Adaptive Physical Education (APE)

Welcome to the Adaptive Physical Education Page


What is Adaptive Physical Education (APE)?

Adapted Physical Education modifies game and sport activities so that the student can experience appropriate challenges and subsequent success. APE teachers develop & implement a specially designed physical education instructional program (developing physical & motor fitness; fundamental motor skills & patterns; skills in aquatics, dance, individual & group games & sports) for an individual with a disability, based on a comprehensive assessment and unique student need. Educators licensed in the PE curriculum may also have a certification in Adapted PE (CAPE). APE specialists use differentiated instructional techniques to improve student’s movement performance/fitness and ensure progress through and participation within the physical education curriculum. 

APE vs. PT and OT

What is the difference between APE, PT and OT? 

To learn about how APE differs from PT and OT, please click on the link to the right: APE vs. PT and OT.pdf

Online Resources for Students and Families 
Want to practice your APE skills? Below are a list of resources to perform activities in your home!

Dance Along Activities

Dance Along's Incorporating APE Movements

Exercise and Endurance Activities

Various Warm-up Exercises

Push-up Variations and Challenges 

Modified Push-up Video

Full Body Exercises

Learning How to Catch, Roll and Throw

Striking Lesson

Youtube Videos

The video listed below is a great resource for adaptive yoga! Yoga can be done in the home, with minimal to no equipment, and is a fun way to keep children active.

 Adaptive Yoga for Kids

These videos offer several APE ideas as well as give you a first look of what adaptive physical education looks like! The videos below require equipment, however they can still be performed in the home, using a creative mindset.

Adapted Physical Activities

Activity Stations


Below are videos specifically addressed to autistic children. They contain adaptive yoga, sequencing and planning activities, and fitness exercises. 

Teaching Yoga to Children with Autism

Exercises to Help Calm the Body

Activities to Perform in the Classroom Prior to Transitioning to Gym or Recess

Using Exercise as a Sensory Break

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