Adapted Physical Education Services and Physical Education Resources

All students who receive special education services must receive instruction in physical education. Great physical education teachers, using curricula tied to national standards, employing appropriate and evidenced-based instructional practices, is foundational to adapting physical education for ALL learners.

Physical Education and COVID-19
Resources for teachers and parents helping students stay active at home. Physical Education and Health activities are essential in dealing with the pandemic for bodies, behavior and brains keeping us healthy, active and calm.

Benefits of Physical Education and Physical Activity: Research and Resources
The research is convincing. The best thing we can do for our brains and learning is to get students moving.

Universal Design and Inclusive Practices
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a research-based set of principles to guide the design of learning environments that are accessible and effective for ALL learners. Ian is a short film about playground inclusion.

Physical Education Resources
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) (2015), includes physical education and health education as part of a “well-rounded” education, which should be offered to all students. Iowa adopted the SHAPE America standards and grade level outcomes for physical education and health.
Multi-Tiered System of Supports and Physical Education

Information for Parents
Physical education is essential to a student’s overall education experience and builds a foundation for lifelong healthy living. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA, 2004) requires schools to provide a “free appropriate public education” in the “least restrictive environment” including “instruction in physical education.”

GWAEA Services and Supports for Physical Educators
Designed to meet the needs of  physical educators delivering instruction, specially designed if necessary, to ALL children ages 3-21 who receive special education services and are required by federal law to have instruction in physical education. NEW service! Physical education equipment check out and delivery.

Physical Education Equipment for Check-out
Differentiating instruction for diverse learners is easy when you have the right piece of equipment. Equipment in this collection supports inclusive physical education placements as well as adapted physical education classes. It can be used by all students for success.
Contact Ann Griffin for check-out. Items can be delivered to schools via the GWAEA vans.

Buy or Purchase at a Discount
​AEA Purchasing facilitates a voluntary purchasing program to help Iowa schools save money. Combined purchasing power offers aggressive pricing. Athletic and physical education equipment is part of this program. Check these prices before ordering.

No to Low Cost Ways to Promote Physical Activity 
Equipment prepared by Ripley Marston, professor at the University of Northern Iowa.


On the Road: Physical Education and Adapted Physical Education


Inclusive Practices


Make or Innovate

This video highlights high tech and low tech equipment innovations.

High-tech equipment adaptations
Customized, high tech, switch activated equipment is available for check-out to teachers in the Grant Wood AEA service area.

Contact Ann Griffin for check-out.

Designs for inventions and innovations can be viewed at the Rockwell Collins Retiree Volunteers website, click on Completed Community Projects, and headings for Games for persons with disabilities, Low voltage switches for persons with disabilities, and Mechanical actuators.

Low-tech solutions to inclusion: Toys from Trash
Many recycled or inexpensive items can be used to augment or adapt physical education equipment. Here are designs for some unique "toys" from trash!

Ball Suspender
Boomerang Ball
Bubble Recipe
Cooperative Catcher
Funnel Shooter
Juggling Thuds
Ladder Golf
Rectangular Ball Boxes
Stuffed Beach Ball
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