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MedEd Connections Resource Guide: Deaf and Hard of Hearing (D/HH)

Adapted Physical Education Teacher

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If your child qualifies to receive special education services in the school setting, a related service that may be appropriate for your child, would be the services of an adapted physical education (APE) teacher. The APE teacher is a specially licensed physical education teacher who knows how to develop modifications and accommodations so that your child can fully participate in a range of physical education activities safely. They are knowledgeable about disabilities impacting physical conditions, gross motor skills (large muscle movements), and fitness related assistive technology (AT; AT is addressed in another section of this guide). An APE teacher may also work with an occupational therapist (OT), physical therapist (PT), a teacher of the deaf (TOD), and family members, if needed, to ensure your child’s head is safe from hard knocks, which may impact your child’s hearing. You can ask your doctor for physical education recommendations to ensure safe participation in physical activity based on your child’s unique needs.

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For more information about APE teachers, see What is Adapted Physical Education.