Developmental Adapted Physical Education
Developmental Adapted Physical Education is a service area defined by two areas of instructional support. The term Developmental focuses on the outcomes to be achieved by the student, as a result of participation in the physical education program. Each student’s unique physical, social, emotional and intellectual development is considered when determining how the outcomes are to be achieved. Through an individualized approach, which recognizes personal interests and abilities, appropriate expectations are determined. Expectations relate to rules for participation and evaluation are defined for each activity.
The term Adapted focuses on individualizing the instruction process. Instructional adaptations include selecting the setting and environment; determining the pace of instruction; providing appropriate independent and guided practice; and modifying equipment.
It is through a carefully planned, diversified program of developmental activities, games, sports, and rhythms suited to the interests, limitations and capabilities of each child that the outcomes could be realized.
Through an integrated and child centered approach, children develop a positive self-image and learn to feel good about themselves. Children discover that learning through moving is not only fun but also helps improve the quality of their life.
The Statewide Developmental Adapted Physical Education (DAPE)Specialist position is made possible through the MN Low Incidence Projects, a grant program that receives funding and support from the MN Department of Education. The DAPE Statewide Specialist assists in the following ways:
- Provides up-to-date information on DAPE laws, rules, and regulations that apply to DAPE in the State of Minnesota.
- Provides resources.
- Supports annual Workshop in Your Backyard.
- Provides a statewide DAPE professional coaching program for new or displaced DAPE teachers.
Rich Burke, Statewide Specialist for Developmental Adapted Physical Education (DAPE)