David Schillo, an eighth grade science teacher, is interested in adaptive physical education. “My students and I were responsible for creating customized adapted physical activity plans aimed to work towards a physical goal such as walking upstairs, writing with a pencil, shooting a ball, or running track,” he says. David Schillo earned a master’s degree in kinesiology from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. He enjoys using his knowledge of fitness to help his students.
Adapted physical education involves making physical education available to adolescents with disabilities. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act uses the term disability as a broad category. It includes people with autism, the hearing and sight impaired, intellectual disabilities, orthopedic impairments, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, and other health impairments.
Adapted physical education can help children with disabilities grow stronger and more confident. Physical education can help improve balance, strength, and functional life skills for children who have developmental disabilities.
Educators with a background in kinesiology and physical education can help create lesson plans for students with a range of disabilities. Adapted physical education professionals can assess individuals and devise a plan for improving their physical fitness. David Schillo is passionate about helping students with disabilities and improving physical education. Before becoming a teacher, Mr. Schillo served the United States Army and traveled extensively.
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