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Adaptive Physical Education: St. Dominic Savio

Media Event: Friday, October 21st at 1 p.m.

The multiple exceptionality students at the school are participating in a unique adaptive physical education program, thanks to the combined efforts of GoodLife Kids Foundation and Variety Village.    Variety Village staff comes to the school on Fridays to work with the students.   Shane Risto) is himself a former Paralympian and World Champion (shot put) and is an “Ability in Action Coordinator in Adaptive Physical Education and Sports” at Variety Village. Shane has trained the school staff to assist with the delivery of the program.
Shane  conducts a diagnostic assessment of the students’ strengths and weaknesses. He designs and adapts the individual programs for each student as they progress.
The program builds on the endurance and gross motor skills of its participants. Students enjoy growing and learning about their own abilities. Through the program,  students will gain the confidence and a life-long love for inclusive physical activity when they see what they are able to accomplish.
The school received funding from GoodLife Kids Foundation to purchase the specialized adaptive equipment ($10,000) through a partnership with Variety Village, to offer these students a physical education program.  Students will “graduate” from the program in June 2017.
Equipment includes a swing in a portable tee pee frame, platforms, low steps, rainbow barrel, peanut ball, jumbo tunnels, etc.
Projected Outcomes:
  • By the end of June 2017, St. Dominic Savio Catholic School’s ME students will be fully integrated in Variety Village’s weekly program. As a result, they will improve and develop their overall level of physical fitness.
  • By the end of the 60-week session, the students will have increased their endurance, gross and motor skills by 20% through their work with Variety Village.
  • The school’s Educational Assistants will also be fully integrated into the program. In September 2017, they will use the training to continue running the program for all ME students from the 2017-2018 school year and beyond.