6th Edition

Developmental and Adapted Physical Education Making Ability Count

    512 Pages 86 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    512 Pages 86 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Now in a fully revised and updated 6th edition, reflecting changes in legislation and cutting-edge research, this is a complete introduction to adapted physical education, from the underpinning science to practical teaching strategies and program design.

    The book covers a broader range of disabilities, developmental disorders, and health conditions than any other textbook and includes brand new material on developmental coordination disorders and cognitive development. Full of teaching and coaching strategies and techniques, it introduces scientific fundamentals, key legislation, and best practice in designing effective programs. It encourages the reader to consider the individual before the disability and to focus on what learners can do rather than what they can’t.

    This is an essential reference for teachers, coaches, or exercise professionals working with children with disabilities. It is also an invaluable resource for undergraduate or postgraduate students of adapted physical education, kinesiology, physical education, physical therapy, exercise science, athletic training, or sports coaching.

    The new edition features updated online resources, including PowerPoint slides, web links, an example syllabus, and quizzes.

    Section I: Introduction: Physical Education for Children with Disabilities

    1 But First I have some Questions, Professor

    2 Legal Mandates

    3 Continuum of Placements and Program Planning

    4 Parents and the Motor Performance Team

    5 Motor Development and Postural Control

    6 Perceptual-Cognitive Development and Cognition of Movement

    7 Physical Fitness Development and its Relationship to Cognition

    Section II: Teaching Individuals with Learning and Behavior Disabilities

    8 Intellectual Disabilities

    9 Learning, Attention, and Developmental Coordination Disorders

    10 Autistic Spectrum Disorders

    Section III: Teaching Individuals with Sensory Impairments

    11 Visual Impairments

    12 Deafness and Hearing Loss

    Section IV: Teaching Individuals with Congenital & Acquired Impairments

    13 Posture and Orthopedic Impairment

    14 Neurological Disorders

    15 Muscular Dystrophy and Arthritis

    Section V: Teaching Individuals with Health Impairments

    16 Respiratory Disorders

    17 Diabetes

    18 Nutritional Disorders

    19 Cardiovascular Disorders and Hypertension

    Section VI: Developing and Implementing the Physical Activity Program

    20 Behavior Management

    21 Teaching Physical Fitness

    22 Teaching Motor Skills

    23 Teaching Adapted Aquatics

    24 Coaching and Sport for Persons with Disabilities


    Michael Horvat is Professor Emeritus of Adapted Physical Education and Motor Behavior at the University of Georgia, USA, where he was Director of the Movement Studies Laboratory and the Pediatric Exercise and Motor Development Clinic. His research focus is on cognition and motor behavior of individuals with disabilities.

    Ronald V. Croce is Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of New Hampshire, USA. His main teaching focus is in Adapted Physical Education, Applied Anatomy/Kinesiology, and Medical Neuroscience. His main research focus is on cognition-motor learning and motor control processes in typical and atypical populations.

    Caterina Pesce is Associate Professor in the Department of Movement, Human and Health Sciences at the University "Foro Italico" of Rome, Italy. Her main teaching focus is physical activity for children, and her main research focus is exercise, cognition and motor coordination across the lifespan, and enhancing physical education in schools.

    Ashley Fallaize is Training and Education Manager at BlazeSports, USA. In this role she oversees the BlazeSports Institute for Adaptive Sports and Recreation. She is a Certified Adaptive Recreation and Sports Specialist II, Certified Adapted Aquatics Instructor, and Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer.