Adapted Physical Education Program provides services to community

Published 2010-10-18T19:45:00Z”/>


Campus SpotlightSarah Brown

Chico State has been training students while assisting people with disabilities through the adapted physical education program for more than 20 years. Josie Cline is a program coordinator for the Autism and Sensory Motor Clinic and has been working with the adaptive P.E. program for 10 years.

<strong>Q: What is the Adapted Physical Education Program?</strong>

A: It’s taking physical activities and adapting them for people with a variety of disabilities or impairments and helping everybody to be able to move and learn. Programs include the Autism Sensory and Motor Clinic, BE:WEL and KIDS:PLAY.

<strong>Q: How do Chico State students play a role?</strong>

A: Most students majoring through the kinesiology department sign up or volunteer for the BE:WEL program. They are paired up with an individual that they work with throughout the semester.

<strong>Q: What sort of work are the students actually doing with these people?</strong>

A: With the Autism Clinic, some students are taking data and others are actually facilitating and working the program with the clients. With BE:WEL, students take data and create workout plans. Many clients come from Enloe Medical Center or somewhere else with a workout plan already in place, so these students are like a one-on-one workout partner for the clients and they use our gym for that.

<strong>Q: Are there other programs like this in the area?</strong>

A: There isn’t anyone offering anything in the area that we’re offering in these programs, which is why they’ve come about. The Autism Clinic came about because many clients in the Kids Play program had autism and their needs weren’t best served in that situation. So we started having one-on-one sessions here for them, to teach motor skills and then translate that back into sports, school and the community, wherever they were wanting it. So we’re the only facility, as far as I know, that does anything that we do with the Autism Clinic.

<strong>Q: What is the age range of your clients?</strong>

A: Between all the programs, the youngest kid we have right now is 4 and the oldest is 92.

<em>-Compiled by Sarah Brown</em>