Adapted Physical Education Specialist

Also called: Adapted Fitness Professional, Adapted Physical Activity Specialist, Adapted Physical Education Specialist (Adapted PE Specialist), Adapted Physical Education Teacher (Adapted PE Teacher), Adapted Physical Educator

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Adapted physical education specialists provide individualized physical education instruction or services to children, youth, or adults with exceptional physical needs due to gross motor developmental delays or other impairments.

 

  • Adapt instructional techniques to the age and skill levels of students.
  • Instruct students, using adapted physical education techniques, to improve physical fitness, gross motor skills, perceptual motor skills, or sports and game achievement.
  • Provide individual or small groups of students with adapted physical education instruction that meets desired physical needs or goals.
  • Provide students positive feedback to encourage them and help them develop an appreciation for physical education.
  • Establish and maintain standards of behavior to create safe, orderly, and effective environments for learning.
  • Provide adapted physical education services to students with intellectual disabilities, autism, traumatic brain injury, orthopedic impairments, or other disabling condition.
  • Assess students' physical progress or needs.
  • Assist in screening or placement of students in adapted physical education programs.
  • Evaluate the motor needs of individual students to determine their need for adapted physical education services.
  • Collaborate with other educational personnel to provide inclusive activities or programs for children with disabilities.
  • Maintain thorough student records to document attendance, participation, or progress, ensuring confidentiality of all records.
  • Advise education professionals of students' physical abilities or disabilities and the accommodations required to enhance their school performance.
  • Communicate behavioral observations and student progress reports to students, parents, teachers, or administrators.
  • Write or modify individualized education plans (IEPs) for students with intellectual or physical disabilities.
  • Write reports to summarize student performance, social growth, or physical development.
  • Prepare lesson plans in accordance with individualized education plans (IEPs) and the functional abilities or needs of students.
  • Attend in-service training, workshops, or meetings to keep abreast of current practices or trends in adapted physical education.
  • Review adapted physical education programs or practices to ensure compliance with government or other regulations.
  • Request or order physical education equipment, following standard procedures.
  • Maintain inventory of instructional equipment, materials, or aids.
Work Context
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 86% responded "Every day".
  • Electronic Mail — 81% responded "Every day".
  • Physical Proximity — 77% responded "Very close (near touching)".
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 55% responded "A lot of freedom".
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 65% responded "A lot of freedom".
  • Spend Time Standing — 58% responded "Continually or almost continually".
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 62% responded "Extremely important".
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Work Activities
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
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Detailed Work Activities
  • Determine operational compliance with regulations or standards.
  • Evaluate effectiveness of educational programs.
  • Order instructional or library materials or equipment.
  • Prepare reports detailing student activities or performance.
  • Attend training sessions or professional meetings to develop or maintain professional knowledge.
  • Develop strategies or programs for students with special needs.
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Knowledge

Education and Training
  • Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Psychology
  • Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
English Language
  • Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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Skills

Instructing
  • Teaching others how to do something.
Active Listening
  • Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Speaking
  • Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Active Learning
  • Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
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Abilities

Oral Expression
  • The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Oral Comprehension
  • The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Written Comprehension
  • The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Written Expression
  • The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
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Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Persistence
  • Initiative
  • Leadership
  • Cooperation
  • Concern for Others
  • Social Orientation
  • Self Control
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Technology

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Office suite software
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Word processing software
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