Developmental/Adapted Physical Education: Making Ability Count (5th Edition)

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As the number of students with autism and behavioral disorders in the classroom increase, and classes move toward a more collaborative model, training general physical education teachers to work with students with disabilities has become essential. This excellent resource encourages future teachers to consider the individual before the disability and to focus on what learners can do, rather than what they cannot. Talented experts in the field discuss how physical and motor functioning are relevant to the Physical Education teacher as well as the Adapted Physical Education teacher. The book offers a detailed overview of all aspects of adapted education, from critical laws and mandates to disability coverage and modification for safe physical activity.

The Fifth Edition is a larger trim size (8.5”x11”) and features substantial content updates–including expanded coverage of autism, diabetes, obesity, legal mandates, teaching aquatic skills, and a new chapter on sports for the disabled–and offers case studies, learning activities, and practical suggestions/tips for new teachers.

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The Fifth Edition of this excellent physical education resource features substantial updates—including expanded coverage of autism, diabetes, obesity, legal mandates, teaching aquatic skills, and a new chapter on sports for the disabled—along with case studies, learning activities, and practical suggestions/tips. Considering the individual learner before the disability, the authors encourage readers to focus on what learners can do, rather than what they cannot. This group of talented experts in the field discuss how physical and motor functioning are relevant to the Physical Education teacher as well as the Adapted Physical Education teacher. The book's broad foundation offers a detailed overview of all aspects of adapted education from critical laws and mandates to disability coverage and modification for safe physical activity.

But First I Have Some Questions, Professor; Legal Mandates; Continuum of Placements and Program Planning; Psychosocial Aspects of Disability; Parents and the Collaborative Team Approach; Motor Development and Postural Control; Information Processing and Perceptual Development; Physical Fitness Development; Mental Retardation; Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorders; Autism; Visual Impairments; Deafness/Hearing Loss; Posture and Orthopedic Impairments; Neurological Disorders and Head Injuries; Muscular Dystrophy and Arthritis; Respiratory Disorders; Diabetes; Nutritional Disorders; Cardiovascular Disorders and Hypertension; Teaching Physical Fitness; Teaching Motor, Sport, and Play Skills; Teaching Aquatic Skills; Sports for the Disabled.

A useful reference for educators and parents who want to learn more about physical education for children with special needs.

About the Author:

Mike Horvat is a professor in the department of kinesiology at the University of Georgia,
and the director of the Movement Studies Laboratory and the Pediatric Exercise and Motor
Development Clinic. Dr. Horvat is extensively published, having authored numerous books,
monographs, chapters in books, and articles as well as dozens of refereed journal
publications. He is also a highly sought-after speaker, having presented at more than 100
international and domestic conferences.

Ron Croce is the athletic training department chair within the department of kinesiology at
the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Croce has been the recipient of several teaching
awards, including the "Teaching Excellence Award" in the School of Health and Human
Services (1992), the State of New Hampshire's "Excellence in Education Award (2001)," the
University of New Hampshire's "Jean Brierley Teaching Excellence Award (2001)," and the
University Fraternity Association's "Outstanding Faculty of The Year Award (2004)."

Leonard Kalakian, professor emeritus, taught at Minnesota State University, Mankato for 36
years. During that time, he was instrumental in advancing the cause of
developmental/adapted physical education throughout the state and nation. He played a
major role in development and implementation of Minnesota's developmental/adapted
physical education licensure law (one of the nation's first) and served as the state's university
representative on the Minnesota Statewide Developmental/Adapted Physical Education
Leadership Committee for many years.

Virginia Dahlstrom is a new addition to the author team. Virginia is superintendent for the
Wadena-Deer Creek Public Schools in Wadena, Minnesota.

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