Presentation on theme: "Developing and Implementing a Community-Based Adapted Aquatics Program"— Presentation transcript:
1 Developing and Implementing a Community-Based Adapted Aquatics Program 2013 AAHPERD ConventionCharlotte, NCDavid G. Lorenzi, Ed.D, CAPE
2 What is Adapted Aquatics? Adaptations to:Instruction, equipment, strategies, strokes, swim skills, games, recreational skills, water safety skills, and access to swimming instruction and recreation for individuals with disabilities.(See AAHPERD Council for Aquatic Professionals Adapted Aquatics Position Paper)
3 Why Adapted Aquatics? People enjoy being in water Individuals with disabilities can often do more in water than on landBuoyancy of water fosters independenceDevelops lifelong skills and fosters feelings of accomplishment/self-worthTherapeutic pools (88-92 degrees) can help to relieve pain and promote relaxation and mobilityReeducation of paralyzed musclesImproved levels of health-related physical fitnessStimulates the sensory system
4 Legal Basis for Adapted Aquatics Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)Defines physical education, including aquaticsAmericans with Disabilities Act (ADA)AntidiscriminationAccessibility
6 Staff TrainingThe Adapted Aquatics Specialty Committee of the American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation (AAPAR) Council for Aquatic Professionals sponsors credentialing courses to designed to improve the knowledge and skills of aquatic instructors in the deliver of service to individuals with disabilities. These courses are designed for individuals who want to be better prepared to teach swimming and aquatic safety to individuals with disabilities.
8 Adapted Aquatics Assistant (AAA) Prepares individuals to work in adapted aquatics under the supervision of an Adapted Aquatics Instructor.Prerequisites:Minimum of 14 years of agePass a swim test at the Intermediate Level 3Strength sufficient to assist individuals with disabilities
9 Adapted Aquatics Adjunct (AAAdj) Prepares professionals working with individuals with disabilities to work in adapted aquatics under the supervision of an Adapted Aquatics Instructor. It includes the same course materials, exam, and practicum experiences as the Adapted Aquatics Instructor course.Prerequisites:Minimum of 18 years of ageCurrent CPR certification (including infant, child, adult)Current First-Aid certificationDegree in special education, adapted physical education, therapeutic recreation, or occupational therapyPass a swim test at the Intermediate Level 3Strength sufficient to assist individuals with disabilities
10 Adapted Aquatics Instructor (AAI) Provides currently certified aquatic instructors with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes to safely and effectively implement quality adapted aquatics programs to individuals with disabilities in a variety of settings.Pre-requisites:Minimum of 18 years of ageCurrent CPR certification (including infant, child, adult)Current First-Aid certificationCurrent instructor certification in instructional swimming from a national agency (ex. ARC WSI, YMCA Instructor)Strength sufficient to assist individuals with disabilitiesCurrent AED certification
11 Master Teacher of Adapted Aquatics (MTAA) Prepares current Adapted Aquatics Instructors to teach the Adapted Aquatics Instructor course. This credential requires acceptance/review of the instructor’s resume/teaching experience and acceptance into and successful completion of the Master Teacher of Adapted Aquatics workshop. This course is offered on a limited basis, usually in conjunction with an AAHPERD district or national convention; however, in special circumstances, a Master Teacher of Adapted Aquatics workshop may be offered outside of an AAHPERD convention. Soon to be available online.
12 Materials for Adapted Aquatics Courses Lepore, M., Gayle, G.W., & Stevens, S. (2007). Adapted Aquatics Programming: A Professional Guide. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics Publishers.Video: Introduction to Adapted Aquatics by Monica Lepore, Ed.D, CAPE
13 OTHER AVENUES & RESOURCES FOR FURTHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT College courses in adapted physical education and therapeutic recreationPhysical and occupational therapy associations aquatic sectionsVisit other professionals and their programsAAPAR and also NTRS aquatic councils
14 Components Of An Effective Adapted Aquatics Program AssessmentWritten Goals And ObjectivesPlan To Meet Goals And ObjectivesProgram EvaluationRisk Management
15 KNOWLEDGE OF PLACEMENT OPTIONS Determine where the goals will be carried out.Is there a matching class?Is there enough support for the person to be able to meet their goals in that class?
16 Assessment Provides a snap-shot of present level of performance. Used to make a placement decision.Sample aquatic assessments.
17 WHAT SETTING IS THE LEAST RESTRICTIVE ENVIRONMENT (LRE)?
18 THE SETTING/CLASS WHERE THEY ARE SAFE AND SUCCESSFUL That is as close to general aquatics class as possible: start in general class, move to own group when needed
19 INCLUSION We need to look at the class they will be included into, Ask parents for hints,Use your professional judgment,Ascertain what safety issues you see,Select appropriate equipment to use,Hire an assistant, & try the person out in the class
20 INCLUSION STRATEGIES: ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS Is your facility accessible?Are facilities safe? Does it facilitate instruction?Is the water or air too cold?Is there too much going on in the pool/noise?Is there enough room for teachers, assistants, participants and equipment?
21 INCLUSION STRATEGIES: PROGRAMMING CONCERNS Is the student’s placement based on assessment results?Is the student meeting individual goals or goals of the class?Are the activities developmental and age appropriate?Does the person have pre-requisite skills to be successful?
22 Developmental appropriateness in aquatics… Versus INCLUSION STRATEGIES: ARE THE TASKS DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE AND AGE APPROPRIATE?Developmental appropriateness in aquatics…VersusAge appropriateness in aquatics…
23 Questions to ask before selecting and using equipment… What are you trying to accomplish?Will equipment facilitate the movement or position you desire? If yes…
24 When and why use equipment? Will the participant get too dependant on the equipment?Is the equipment designed for your use or are you ‘adapting’? If so, is it safe? Will it tip or cause injury? Will it cause problems with ‘recovery’?
32 Contact InformationDavid G. Lorenzi, Ed.D, CAPE Associate Professor Director of the Special Needs Activity Program Coordinator of the Undergraduate Teacher Education Program Department of Health and Physical Education Indiana University of Pennsylvania 1190 Maple Street; 239 Zink Hall Indiana, PA (724) office (724) fax
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