TWU hosts North Texas Adapted PE Conference
About 20 third-graders, some with Adapted PE needs, work with attendees of the North Texas Adapted PE Conference at TWU. Photo credit: Ronda DuTeil
DENTON – Showing the university’s reputation for excellence and leadership in adapted physical education — PE for students with disabilities — Texas Woman’s University is hosting the second annual North Texas Adapted PE Conference Oct. 2 through Oct. 3.
“TWU is nationally and internationally known in the area of Adapted PE because of the quality of our program and of the expertise of our faculty,” said Lisa Silliman-French, Ph.D., professor of Adapted PE and a conference coordinator. “In addition, we are a popular host because of the facilities and variety of adaptive equipment.”
TWU is the only university in Texas currently offering an Adapted PE program at the master’s and Ph.D. levels, as well as an undergraduate Kinesiology program that has an emphasis on Adapted PE. TWU also recently received a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to address a shortage of Adapted PE teachers.
About 20 third-graders, some with Adapted PE needs, will be working with conference attendees on Friday morning. Attendees will learn how to assess children using the Test of Gross Motor Development-3, an updated test that is being introduced in the Adapted PE field.
“Physical Education is an important instructional service to all students, particularly for students with disabilities,” said Silliman-French. “This is important because it facilitates the motor and physical development and indirectly the social, emotional and cognitive development of individuals with disabilities.”
About 120 people from across the nation are expected to attend the conference, which is designed for Adapted PE teachers and general PE teachers who instruct students with disabilities. Adapted PE teachers address physical and motor skills; fundamental motor skills and patterns; and skills in aquatics, dance and sports. School-based therapists who address issues related to Adapted PE may also benefit from the conference.
Timothy Davis, chair of the Adapted Physical Education National Standards, which oversees the national Adapted PE standards and certifications process, will present the conference keynote address. He will present “Sensory Processing Disorder in Physical Education: Addressing the Needs of Children with Hyper/Hypo-Responsivity.”
Other session topics include technology, inclusion, behavior strategies, diversity and academic activities.
The conference is sponsored by Region 10 Education Service Center, which provides services to public, charter and private schools in north Texas.
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