Developmental Adaptive Physical Education - DAPE
Teachers, counselors, the school nurse, parents or other school personnel refer students for evaluation. Placement in the program is based on evaluation results, the student’s health record, and/or participation in regular gym activities.
The program is designed to enable all students to receive maximum benefit from the physical education program. Individual or group classes are set up to assist each child to acquire the maximum physical, mental, emotional, and sociological development through specially selected and controlled physical activities.
Developmental adapted physical education (DAPE) is physical education, which may be adapted or modified to address the individualized needs of children and youth ages three through 21 having gross motor developmental delays. DAPE may include development of physical fitness, motor fitness, fundamental motor skills and patterns, skills in aquatics, dance, individual and group games, and sports. This service should include the following:
For all practical purposes, Adapted Physical Education is developmentally appropriate physical education at its finest. It is adapting, modifying, and/or changing a physical activity so it is as appropriate for the person with a disability as it is for a person without a disability.
Students with conditions such as obesity, temporary injuries, and short-term or temporary illness or disabilities are termed special needs students. Special needs students are not eligible for developmental adapted physical education: special education. Provisions and modifications for these students must be made within regular physical education as described in Minn. Stat. §126.02 (Minn. R. 3525.1352, subp. 1).
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