Adapted physical education (APE) is an individualized program of instruction that is created for students with disabilities that will enable success in physical education. In context, APE, "adapt" means "to adjust" or make modifications to meet the needs of the student.
The main goal of APE at AHM is to facilitate participation of students in a safe and caring environment. APE is a subdiscipline of physical education and embraces the same components associated with physical education, providing safe, satisfying and successful experiences for students with varying abilities. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) includes in the definition of adapted physical education physical and motor fitness, fundamental motor skills and patterns, skills in aquatics and dance individual and group games and sports, including lifetime sports, designed to meet the unique needs of individuals ages 3-21.
Our gymnasium is fully equipped with adapted tricycles, a soft play area with a ballpit and slides, a moon bounce, a wheelchair swing, and sensory area. Technology is incorporated in the APE program through the use of the Wii, XBOX and various IPad accessible devices.
Utilizing the pool at the John J. Moore Fitness Center on the NJCU campus, our Adapted Aquatics Program focuses on recreational, social and therapeutic skills.
Our students participate in a full year dance program under the guidance of the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company and NJCU.
Our Special Olympians participate in three events a year: Bowling, Basketball and Track and Field.