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|133 pages


section II|61 pages

Teaching individuals with learning and behavior disabilities

chapter 8|14 pages

Intellectual disabilities

chapter 10|15 pages

Autistic spectrum disorders

section III|37 pages

Teaching individuals with sensory impairments

chapter 11|18 pages

Visual impairments

chapter 12|17 pages

Deafness and hearing loss

section IV|94 pages

Teaching individuals with congenital and acquired impairments

chapter 13|25 pages

Posture and orthopedic impairments

chapter 14|45 pages

Neurological disorders

chapter 15|22 pages

Muscular dystrophy and arthritis

section V|69 pages

Teaching individuals with health impairments

chapter 16|18 pages

Respiratory disorders

chapter 17|14 pages


chapter 18|18 pages

Nutritional disorders

chapter 19|17 pages

Cardiovascular disorders and hypertension

section VI|93 pages

Developing and implementing the physical activity program

chapter 20|10 pages

Behavior management

chapter 21|14 pages

Teaching physical fitness

chapter 22|35 pages

Teaching motor skills

chapter 23|16 pages

Teaching adapted aquatics