Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Perceptions of Students with Disabilities in Adapted Physical Activity Programs. (Special Populations)

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Perceptions of Students with Disabilities in Adapted Physical Activity Programs. (Special Populations)

Article excerpt

Often included in introductory adapted physical education courses are clinics for students with disabilities. These clinics provide preservice physical educators and exercise science majors an opportunity to work with persons with disabilities. Instructors often receive feedback from parents and university students, yet may not receive feedback from the participants themselves. The purpose of this study was to solicit information from the individuals with disabilities participating in a clinic associated with the adapted physical education introductory classes taught at Northern Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky Universities. The activities offered in these clinics were a combination of swimming, physical fitness, fundamental motor skills, and sports skills. The clinics were once per week for 6 and 10 weeks. Personal interviews were given to 21 individuals with disabilities ranging in age from 6 to 21 years. The individuals with disabilities were personally interviewed and videotaped responding to four questions: What activities did you like best about the clinic? What activities did you like least? …

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