Physical education is such an important part of every child’s school experience. This is the place where they get a break from the stress of the classroom. It is here where they get to run around and have a little fun in their day.
The Day School of the Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh in Squirrel Hill offers physical education classes which are designed specifically for those children who have special needs.
The students in these classes all have very different disabilities but that doesn’t limit them to what they can do. From square dancing and basketball to hockey and football, these students get the opportunity to participate in such physical activities. These activities are specifically adapted to each student’s needs and abilities and can sometimes even include physical therapy.
Physical education classes like these are great for all students, especially special needs students. Not only do they get physical exercise that is important in leading a healthy life, but they can learn skills that will help them socialize out of school with their families and other people. Simple games and sports teach students some essentials like rules, teamwork and success.
The activities must be designed with the students in mind. Some require staff to adjust the rules or set up for students to be able to participate. Staff members and volunteers accompany most students.
In this class, there seems to be no limit on what the students can do, which is also a great lesson for them to live by.
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