Adaptive Physical Education

Ingham Intermediate School District Adaptive Physical Education Teachers develop, implement, monitor, and oversee a specially designed physical education instructional program for students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), based on a thorough assessment and evaluation. Adaptive physical education gives students the skills necessary for a lifetime of leisure, recreation and sports experiences to enhance wellness and physical fitness.





Adaptive Physical Education (APE) is provided to students who have needs that cannot be appropriately addressed in the general physical education program. The provision of APE is based on the same process of referral, assessment, and individual program planning that other special education services follow. An assessment and evaluation of gross motor skill performance is considered by the IEP team.

An Ingham ISD Adaptive Physical Education teacher:

  • Completes comprehensive motor assessments of students with disabilities
  • Provides services to students who are eligible and in need of APE
  • Consults and collaborates with physical education personnel providing physical education instruction for students with disabilities
  • Serves as an IEP team member
  • Monitors student progress toward APE goals

The Adaptive PE Teacher may provide services for students to local school districts within the Ingham ISD service area. Services can be offered individually or in small groups and can be delivered directly or through consultation.

Michigan Department of Education: Adaptive PE

Active Students: Improving the health and academics of your students. Adapted Physical Education is physical education which has been adapted or modified, so that it is as appropriate for the person with a disability as it is for a person without a disability.

PE Central - What Works in Physical Education

Teaching physical education and health remotely. Adapted Physical Education is physical education which has been adapted or modified, so that it is as appropriate for the person with a disability as it is for a person without a disability.

SHAPE America

Society of Health and Physical Educators serves as the voice for 200,000+ health and physical education professionals across the United States. The organization’s extensive community includes a diverse membership of health and physical educators, as well as advocates, supporters, and 50+ state affiliate organizations. Health and PE Teachers Prepare Students to Live Their Best Life.

SHAPE MIchigan

SHAPE MIchigan VISION: A society in which all individuals in Michigan enjoy an optimal quality of life, through appreciation of and participation in active, creative, health-promoting lives. 

Wright's Law

Many students with disabilities can safely and successfully participate in general physical education, with or without accommodations and supports. However, some children benefit from specially designed or adapted physical education. Content in adapted physical education should mirror the general physical education curriculum to the greatest extent possible.

Contact Us

Brian Grew
Director, Itinerant Services
517.244.1272
Ashley Wing
Admin Asst, Itinerants, Student Support Services
517.244.1375