Tuesday, March 31, 2020

COVID-19 Pandemic: A podcast series on different resources available for APE Teachers

Welcome to the What's New in APE Podcast blog. Because of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, we decided to create a series of podcasts/blog posts that highlight some different resources that may help APE teachers deliver services to students with disabilities during this time. This blog post will be a running post highlighting different resources and content creators. Please contact Scott McNamara @ scmcnamara23@gmail.com if you have any additional resources we should highlight. 

For the first episode in this series, we had David Gelsak from Exercise Connection to come on and discuss his Exercise Buddy app. David briefly discusses his how he created Exercise Connection, how he is dealing with COVID-19 as a business owner, how APE teachers and families can utilize Exercise Buddy during the pandemic, and how he is continually adapting his program and app. The app is very popular and utilizes video modeling, visual schedules, and an assortment of other strategies to effectively supplement physical education services for students with autism spectrum disorder. If you are interested in getting a free trial for the app (it is currently being offered for free until April 30th) or purchasing the app to encourage your own students to be more engaged in physical activity and get more out of exercise here is the website to purchase the Exercise Buddy. See the video below that highlights Exercise Connection and their app Exercise Buddy. 

For the second episode. we had Matthew Bassett (@PhysEdApps) tell us about a plethora of resources he has developed with the help with several other physical educators across the nation, for SHAPE America. Matt is a general physical educator for San Jose Charter Academy in California, and in 2017 was named the CAHPERD Elementary Teacher of the Year. Matt discussed how his job has been impacted by the pandemic, how he plans on continuing to deliver quality physical education to his students, and how he started working with SHAPE America to develop the SHAPE America Corona Virus Resources page, which provides a resource list of different online physical education resources one can use to continue to deliver quality physical education services to students during the pandemic. In addition, he outlines a variety of tutorial videos for physical educators to use to help them through this crisis, such as as video for editing iMovie, using Google Forms, and a Basketball Dribbling Video with some #Physed Teachers from around the world. 

For the 3rd installment of the COVID-19 series, Dr. Melissa Bittner (@CSULB_APE) discussed how she is coping with the pandemic from a university viewpoint. Dr. Bittner is an assistant professor of adapted physical education at California State University, Long Beach. Because of the pandemic, her undergraduates were missing the opportunity to work with students with disabilities, so Dr. Bittner took the initiative to create an online practicum program, where her students conduct a free online lesson Tuesday through Friday at 1 pm PST. In addition, Fridays are bilingual day. Share this opportunity with your students by following their Facebook page here. Finally, they also created a home packet on activities for students to engage with at home, as well as they created  their YouTube Channel with a variety of activities and past practicum lessons: LongBeachStateAPE.
For the 4th installment of the COVID-19 APE podcast series, Brad Wiener (@APETeacher) joined us to discuss how he has navigated his job as an adapted physical educator during the pandemic. Brad is a former SHAPE America National APE Teacher of the year and is a currently an adapted physical educator for Montgomery County Public School, in Maryland. In this episode, Brad discusses how he is delivering APE services to students, how his school is monitoring students' IEPs, as well as he shares how and why he developed a variety of APE related resources during the pandemic. Brad has revamped his APE website since the pandemic, and has created a variety of resources (curriculum for different age groups, videos, worksheets, etc) that parents and APE teachers can use to continue to provide services to students with disabilities. In addition, Brad discusses how we need to use these resources as templates, and customize them for our individual students' needs. Resources within the website include home activities for children, and activities for children with multiple disabilities and children that are preschool age.

For the 5th, and likely final episode of this COVID series, I sat down to discuss how COVID has impacted the day-to-day life of Dr. Kristi Roth, a full professor at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and one of the co-authors of Principles and Methods of Adapted Physical Education and Recreation. In addition, we discuss how to use her app to find APE activities and how-to videos. She details how she has created this app, as well as other technologies to curate quality content for others to easily use in order to find useful content. To further drive home the point that these mediums allow experts to curate and provide easily accessible resources to those who need it, she provided a resource on how to provide APE to students with severe disabilities in home settings. Finally, Dr. Roth and I discuss best practices in online learning, and some advantages of using online learning. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Interview with David Porretta: Part 1 and 2 Discussion about Joe Winnick an APE Giant

Hello! This episode of What’s New in APE is extra special, as we have a guest moderator taking the reins today. Dr. Barry Lavay, an adapted physical education professor at California State University, Long Beach and longtime contributor to the podcast, is tackling his second podcast series and interviewed Dr. David Porretta about his career in the field of APE, as well as his insights on the status of APE and his friendship with the Late Dr. Joseph Winnick.

Dr. David Porretta is a pioneer in the field of APE and has many noteworthy achievements. Dr. Porretta is a Faculty Emeritus from the Department of Human Sciences at The Ohio State University. In addition, he has has numerous major publications and has regularly presented scholarly papers at international, national, and state meetings. From 2002-2007 he served as editor of Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, the official journal of the International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity. Dr. Porretta is an elected Fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology and has acquired $4 million in external funding.

For this very first episode, Dr. Lavay talks to Dr. Porretta about his friendship with Dr. Joe Winnick. More specifically, Dr. Porretta explains how Dr. Winnick helped to shape the field of APE since the late 1960's and influenced his own personal and professional growth. Areas touched on include Dr. Winnick's: (1) ability to secure large external grants to fund APE related areas, (2) contributions to the National Consortium for Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities (NCPEID), and his (3) journey to create the BrockPort Physical Fitness Test

For the second episode, Dr. Lavay and Dr. Porretta give an in-depth analysis on the development and maintenance of one of the most well-known APE textbooks in the field "APE and Sport" which is published by Human Kinetics. They discuss how this book was unique in its' content and format, how the book has changed over the years, potential changes to the 7th edition of the textbook, and how this book was foundational in the development for of the Human Kinetics publishing company. 

To give more insight about Joe Winnick, and his tremendous impact on the field of APE, we have also attached a testimonial about Joe Winnick that was published by PALESTRA last year. In addition, Dr. Poretta was kind enough to share two PowerPoints that highlight the history of NCPEID and the Past Presidents of NCPEID. Please stay tuned for the next episode where Dr. Poretta continues to discuss his own research, the field of APE, and his  professional growth through the years. 

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Diversity and Reaching Families: An interview with Luis Columna

I recently had the opportunity to talk with Dr. Luis Columna about his background in the field of APE, and his recent projects and research endeavors. Dr. Columna is a native of San Juan Puerto Rico and currently is an Associate Professor in the Kinesiology Department at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Dr. Columna has published two books, as well as numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters.  His research focuses on ways to increase the participation of families (especially Hispanic) of children with disabilities into physical activity and also his research focuses on ways to better prepare physical activity professionals and physical education teachers to work with diverse populations. One of Dr. Columna's projects that is discussed with the podcast is FitFamilies. FitFamilieis is a physical activity program that brings together children with disabilities, their parents, college students and in-service professionals in the fields of APE and special education. Below is a video that shows a preview of what FitFamilieis offers to families of children with disabilities. 

Within this podcast episode we discuss Dr. Columna's background in APE, diversity in the field of PE and how to promote diversity in PE, how to effectively collaborate and communicate with parents, and the great work the FitFamilies program is doing. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Speech and Language Pathologists Collaborating with APE

Hello APE Podcast Listeners! We are excited to bring you a new episode that explores recent collaboration efforts between Speech and Language Pathologists (SLPs) and APE teachers.

 Joining us for this episode are four distinguished guests from California State University, Long Beach: Barry Lavay (APE Professor, @BarryLavay), Melissa Bittner (APE Professor, @MBittner_APE), Alaine Ocampo (SLP Professor), and Belinda Daughrity (SLP Professor). Each of the experts listed above were recently involved in a research project that examined how pre-service APE teachers can encourage peer engagement and social communication in tasks related to children with disabilities' participation in physical activity. This research was conducted with 23 pre-service APE teachers who received training on speech and language principles. This research project took place at Camp Nugget, which is a 4-week program that provides small group instruction to children with disabilities in the areas of aquatics, motor skills, health-related physical fitness, dance, and adapted sports. Along with discussing their recent research and the importance of their findings, the guests also discuss the guiding principles of SLP, the importance of training APE teachers with regards to SLP, and how SLPs and APE can effectively collaborate.

In addition to contributing to this episode, the guests also provided some additional resources to guide APE teachers and SLPs with regards to effective collaboration. The first PowerPoint was used to train the undergraduate students from the study discussed in the podcast.The second PowerPoint that outlines the results of their research study, and how APE teachers can incorporate speech and language components into their instruction. 

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

AdaptFit: Fitness for All

Hello APE podcast listeners and welcome to another episode on the What's New in APE platform! For this episode, we spoke with two of the directors of the non-profit "AdaptFit", which is an organization that offers fitness programs specially-designed for people with disabilities in the Los Angeles region. The two directors, Kristin Abadjian and Suzanne Bonne, discuss how AdaptFit has been able to offer new opportunities for people with disabilities to become more physically active in their community. In addition, Kristin explains how her background as an adapted physical educator  has helped her adapt physical activities for people with disabilities and bring adapted physical activities to the public sector. Furthermore, we discuss what drove them to create AdaptFit, the impact of the program on local families,  and how they were able to overcome obstacles in order to create a successful and thriving business that helps people with disabilities meet their fullest potential. Check out their brochure for additional information about Adaptfit and their schedule.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Special Education Law and APE

I recently had the opportunity to talk with Dr. Mitchell Yell discuss the important topic of adapted physical education (APE) and special education law.  Dr. Yell is the Fred and Francis Lester Palmetto Chair of the Teacher Education and Special Education departments at University of South Carolina. During the summer of 2019, Dr. Yell was the keynote speaker at the National Consortium for Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities. In addition, Dr. Yell has published 124 journal articles, 4 textbooks, 26 book chapters, and has conducted numerous workshops on various aspects of special education law, classroom management, and progress monitoring. His textbook, Special Education and the Law, is in its 5th editionWithin this podcast episode we discuss how IDEA came to incorporate specific language related to physical education, how one can help advocate for APE within the IEP process, and specific court cases that have dealt with special education law and physical education. 

Recently, myself and some colleagues (Lieberman, Wiener, Tymeson, 2018) created and validated a checklist to help parents and teachers advocate for APE services within the IEP process. Use this checklist to make sure the IEP Team fully addresses physical education services and placement options.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Adapted Golf

Hello APE podcast listeners and welcome to another episode on the What's New in APE platform! For this episode, we had a local non-profit executive director, Steve Husome, come in to our studio to discuss one of his endeavors called "Adaptive Golf Iowa". Adaptive Golf Iowa is a relatively new organization that aims to "spread joy through the game of golf to those living with disabilities throughout Iowa". Recent successes of Adaptive Golf Iowa include purchasing adaptive golf carts (see link for brochure that displays the carts) and putting on annual golf clinics that allow people with disabilities to work on their golfing skills. 

 Within this episode Steve discusses his journey in founding Adaptive Golf Iowa, the mission of the organization, and the power of adaptive golf. Within this conversation, Steve also shares his own experiences as an amputee and how adaptive golf helped him overcome the loss of a limb. Click here to learn more about Adaptive Golf Iowa. In addition, you can learn more about Steve's other non-profit organization "Husome Strong Foundation", which aims "to assist people who have experienced the loss of a limb and are seeking assistance to realize their full potential, and live their lives to the fullest after amputation".