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".

Monday, November 4, 2019

A Pioneer of Adapted Physical Education: An Interview with Jeff McCubbin


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, has been so kind to bring his expertise and personality to the podcast. In fact, for the next three episodes Dr. Lavay will be interviewing Dr. Jeff McCubbin about his career in the field of APE, as well as his insights on the status of APE and where we are going.

Dr. Jeff McCubbin is a pioneer in the field of APE and has many noteworthy achievements. More specifically, Dr. McCubbin served as the Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences at Colorado State University from 2011-2019. Prior to that he was a University Distinguished Professor of Exercise Science and Executive Associate Dean in the College of Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University. Dr. McCubbin is also a past president of the National Consortium for Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities. In addition, Dr. McCubbin has been recognized as fellow with the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education (AKA).

For this very first episode, Dr. Lavay talks to Dr. McCubbin about his professional development and training within the field of adapted physical education. Within this topic, they have an in-depth discussion about how Dr. McCubbin became initially interested in health and physical education for individuals with disabilities. Dr. McCubbin also shares his insights on what he learned from pioneers he studied with in the field of APE when he first began his career. Furthermore, they will begin to discuss some of Dr. McCubbin’s research interests, which have focused mainly on the role of physical activity and exercise on improving functional skills and reducing secondary complications of disability.


Within the second episode, Dr. Lavay and Dr. McCubbin give some advice to young faculty members within the field of APE and explain how to seek and manage grants. In addition, Dr. McCubbin reflects on the importance of mentoring young professionals within the field of APE. Finally, in this episode they discuss the identity crisis within our field of APE through asking powerful questions, such as who are we and where we are going as a field. Within this podcast, Dr. McCubbin also refers to an excellent Master's program that is offered at several countries across the world, including the US, that many of my listeners may not be familiar with. The program is called "Erasmus Mundus Master in Adapted Physical Activity (EMMAPA)". Within their website it explains "The EMMAPA Master Consortium is conferring a 'joint diploma': EMMAPA - one single diploma, issued by the Co-ordinating institution that will carry the logos of all 4 European Consortium Universities and the signature of the Rector of the coordinating University on behalf of the other Rectors".




The third and final episode of this interview series has Dr. Lavay and Dr. McCubbin discussing a wide range of topics with regards to the field of APE. Dr. McCubbin first begins by discussing his experience as an administrator. This conversation dives into why Dr. McCubbin chose this path, why APE professionals may be uniquely situated to be administrators, and the importance of PETE administrators to advocate for PETE and APE programming. Next, they discuss the vision of physical education and APE, and how a clear vision is needed for the field to continue to survive and thrive. Within this podcast, Dr. McCubbin also refers to a newly formulated Adapted Physical Activity Consortium. This APA Consortium aims to train 28 high quality and competent scholars at the doctoral degree level at nine universities across the country, to serve as higher education faculty, and train pre-service physical education teachers and related service professionals to appropriately educate youth with disabilities. This training will occur through coursework, practicum, a consortium-wide enrichment program, community-based service-learning programs, and research engagement. The faculty engaged in this Consortium are known leaders nationally and internationally in adapted physical activity, which places this project in an advantageous position to provide quality and essential doctoral-level training. This consortium includes East Calorina University, Georiga State University, Ohio State University, Old Dominion University, Oregon State University, Texas Women’s University, University of Deleware, University of Virginia, and West Virginia University.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Houston we have a movement issue: An interview with Dr. Ali Brian

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Ali Brian and discuss some of the recent research  Dr. Brian had conducted and published. Dr. Brian is an Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina in the Department of Physical Education. Although Dr. Brian has only been at the University of South Carolina for a few years, she has already created a highly successful doctoral program and a fully online Master's program in adapted physical education (click here to see information on the Master's program).

Dr. Brian’s research interests include promoting perceived and actual motor skill development of preschool children with and without disabilities in socioeconomically disadvantaged environments. Within this podcast episode we discuss a recent article that focused on motor competence delays within a large and diverse group of preschool children in the United States (US). The article, which is called 'Motor Competence Levels and Developmental Delay in Early Childhood: A Multicenter Cross‑Sectional Study Conducted in the USA', highlights the uniform decline in motor competence in preschool children across the US. This article, as well as other research endeavors Dr. Brian is currently engaged in, allow us to better advocate for quality physical education for preschool children across the US.




Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Adapted Dance

This podcast was dedicated to learning more about adapted dance within the physical education curriculum. This episode guest starred two brand new PhD students at the University of Wisconsin Madison- Heather Katz and Laura Prieto. Both of these guests have had extensive experiences incorporating adapted dance units into the physical education curriculum in order to allow children with disabilities access to dance. Within this conversation, we discuss what is adapted dance, how one can incorporate it into their physical education curriculum and include students with disabilities, and the impact of adapted dance on students with disabilities. 



Within the podcast conversation, Heather Katz discusses how she was able to bring a renown Zumba instructor with Down syndrome to the school district she used to teach at. Below is a video that briefly describes Yulissa Arescurenaga journey to becoming a certified Zumba instructor. 



Heather Katz also has a YouTube channel where she has created adapted dance routines. Many of the dances on this channel demonstrate adapted Zumba routines. 

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Paralympic school day: A new way to grow disability awareness

Welcome to the blog portion of the What's New in APE' podcast platform! In this episode we highlight a Paralympic school day model that is an "educational program that aims to create awareness and understanding in schools about persons with an impairment" (International Paralympic Committee, 2019). Within this episode we will talk with stakeholders from universities, K-12 schools and a wheelchair basketball team that implement Paralympic school days at both universities and public schools. More specifically, we will discuss how these stakeholders got involved in this program, how the program impacts students with and without disabilities' perspectives, and how someone else could get bring this model to their own school! 




Along with this podcast, we wanted to share some additional resources that explain and highlight the Paralympic School Day model and help someone develop and implement their own Paralympic School Day! 

-The International Paralympic Committee website explains the original premise of this program and has specific activity cards that give stakeholders the ability to bring this model to their own schools.

- Here is a video from a James Madison University Kinesiology course that shows a Paralympic Skills Lab in practice!  

- Here is an article that discusses the impact on future teachers from bringing in Paralympians and local wheelchair athletes to teach these students a new sport and a new perspective on disability. 

One of the panelist, Cathy McKay, an assistant professor at James Madison University, has also published several research articles on the impacts of implementing a Paralympic school day. Please check out a few of them using the links below.




Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Social Justice in Adapted Physical Education

It is essential to recognize and celebrate all of our students and each of their own personal identities.
This means that physical educators, like all educators, must make a conscious effort to welcome students
of various backgrounds. This podcast focuses on the social justice within the field of adapted physical
education (APE). Social justice is often defined as in terms of the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society, and for this podcast we discuss these concepts in relation to APE. More specifically, we discuss how one would be able to create a more inclusive and accepting class culture, barriers to social justice in a physical education setting, language use and social justice, and how to deal with inappropriate language and actions. 

This podcast features a panel of 3 guests, including Dr. Josephine Blagrave (@blagraveaj)Chico State University; Dr. Kerri Vanderbom from The National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability and Chico State University; and Dr. Andrew Colombo-Dougovito (@amcdphd) from the University of North Texas. You can find out more about Dr. Colombo-Dougovito's research and interests through visiting his website