What (services) supports are available at Grant Wood AEA related to autism spectrum disorders and the teaching of physical education?
Autism Spectrum Disorders: General Information
What is Autism?: General Information
Links to Autism Society of America
Autism Society of Iowa
University of Iowa Regional Autism Services Program
PEP (Parent Educator Partnership) Library
Autism – What is it? Awareness video for elementary students
This video shows children with autism who are attending a regular elementary school. The video is narrated by children who are explaining autism and how it affects behavior and learning in those children who are autistic. 13 minutes, produced by the GWAEA autism resource team in 1999
Physical Education/Adapted Physical Education for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Physical Education and the Law
Physical Education, specially designed if necessary is required for all students with disabilities
Physical education placement is an IEP team decision based on the individual needs of a particular student. It must be based on student need, not staff availability. Ideally the physical educator should be a part of the team meeting and development of the individualized education plan.
How do I determine if a physical education program is general, modified, or specially designed?
National Association for Sport and Physical Education
Eligibility Criteria for Adapted Physical Education Services
How do I document physical education on an IEP? [823.7 KB]
Solutions to Inclusion in Physical Education: Facts about Autism, Helpful Hints, Facilitating Understanding, Social Interactions, and Changing or Stopping Activities
Click on Hot TIP #12 pages 3 -5
Project P.L.A.Y.: Programmed Leisure Activities for Youth with Autism, Savel and Leme, 1986, resource guide available in pdf format
Autism: Equipment Turn-Ons for Adapted Physical Education
Video and DVD of Sample Adapted Physical Education Classes for Elementary and Middle School Students
Booking number 174926 (2004), http://medten.aea10.k12.ia.us/Media/
Autism: Curriculum Differentiation for Physical Education
Curriculum Differentiation is a process that can readily be used by educators to adjust their planning and lesson delivery to meet the unique needs of ALL learners.
Educators can adjust:
CONTENT: WHAT they teach: what units, lessons, or portions of lessons would be most beneficial to students on the autism spectrum?
PROCESS: HOW they teach…what instructional strategies will provide the most success for the students?
ENVIRONMENT: WHERE you teach…what is the physical space like? How might it be modified? WHAT EQUIPMENT will best facilitate skill acquisition?
PRODUCT: HOW STUDENT PROGRESS is measured
Physical Education and Autism
This collaborative project was designed as a hands-on reference for teaching students with autism in physical education. The intention of this reference is to provide physical educators and others with a general understanding of autism and the implications and effects it may have on the student's participation in physical education. Each individual is unique. It is up to the physical education teacher to identify and plan appropriate, meaningful activities for each student's success in physical education. For customized interventions based on this project, contact Ann Griffin, GWAEA adapted physical education consultant, (319) 399-6858.
Additional Resources and Links
Instructional DVD on teaching adapted physical to students with autism spectrum disorder
Autism Equipment Turn Ons in Adapted Physical Education, 2005, Available for check out from GWAEA media collection or for purchase from Championship Productions at www.championshipproductions.com
Awareness videos on Asperger Syndrome
Intricate minds II : understanding elementary school classmates with Asperger syndrome (176094)
Intricate minds III : understanding elementary school classmates who think differently (175636)
Intricate minds : understanding classmates with Asperger syndrome (171650)
Available from GWAEA media collection, Autism Core Team, or Ann Griffin
Tips to Consider When Including a Student with ASD in Art, Music, or Physical Education, by Kim Davis
Indiana Institute on Disability and Community
Access Autism: Indiana Resource Center for Autism
The Puzzle of Autism – can be downloaded from NEA website
The National Center on Physical Activity and Disability
PE Central Adapted FAQ’s
Jason McElwain – student with autism who scores 20 points in high school basketball game
Video from ESPN’s Sportscenter - http://youtube.com/watch?v=ngzyhnkT_jY
Music and movement CD’s by Jim Gill available for check out from Ann Griffin, or for purchase at www.jimgill.com
Jim Gill Plays Do Re Mi on my Toe Leg Knee
Jim Gill Makes it Noisy in Boise, Idaho
Jim Gill Sings The Sneezing Song and other Contagious Tunes
Jim Gill’s Irrational Anthem and More Salutes to Nonsense