Adapted Physical Education: APE Aquatics is Here in San Diego County!

By now Club Dive San Diego is known for having the best springboard diving coaches under the leadership of Marnie Young. Adapted_Physical_EducationBut now the diving community has something else to be proud of—a very special adapted physical education solution based on the magic of play within the confines of aquatic sports. We are thrilled to introduce you to Adapted Child’s Play (ACP) and the Come as You Are program, an exhilarating alternative to traditional physical education that allows children with various disabilities to learn and grow within a framework that presents challenges and facilitates learning within a custom framework that is right for them.

Adapted physical education (APE) in springboard diving and other aquatic sports is beneficial to students who face physical challenges for many reasons, including these:

  • Enhances their fine motor skills
  • Increased sensory motor skills
  • Boosts confidence and self-esteem
  • Enhances perceptual motor skills
  • Helps develop social skills
  • Provides a measurable platform for achieving goals
  • Kids become more optimistic by nature
  • It’s just buckets full of fun!

Not only is ACP and its Come as You Are program therapeutic; when your kids participate in our programs the credits are transferable to their general education!

Are Adapted Physical Education Services Right for my Child?

Give us a call; a highly-trained adapted physical education specialist can evaluate your child and design a program that is perfect for his or her needs. If your child has been diagnosed with a disability that impacts motor skills or that creates forms of social anxiety, traditional physical education programs may be counterproductive and even harmful. Let our certified specialists meet your child, and determine is one of our customized APE programs will enhance your child’s life and foster new found joy in water sports!

What is Adapted Physical Education?

In a nutshell, adapted physical education is developmentally appropriate education customized to best fit a unique individual’s needs. Qualified, highly trained teachers gather data and use it to customize a physical education instruction curriculum. An Individualized Education Program (IEP) defines various objective and goals written by the instructor within a framework that is measurable, monitored and evaluated based on the timeline set by the teacher. Various adaptions are set in the physical education curriculum so that each student will experience victory all within a safe and fun environment.

Some options for your child’s physical education curriculum may include:

  • A one-on-one setting between the APE teacher and the student
  • A custom physical education setting with teacher’s assistants
  • A unique setting designed to interact with a peer group
  • A standard physical education setting with peers or a teaching assistant

Be aware that APE is a federally mandated accoutrement of special education services that allocates equitable physical education experiences for students aged between 3 and 21 years of age with a disability notated as a component of the child’s special education services.

We offer THE BEST teaching which differentiates equipment, task, curriculum and environment suitable for every child or adult—this way ALL students come out as successful, happier individuals who learn while participating in physical education.

Who is Marnie Young?

Marnie Young is the Founder of Club Dive San Diego and the president and owner of Adapted Child’s Play. Coach_Marnie_YoungSome of her accomplishments include but are not limited to:

  • 1996 California State APE Teacher of the Year
  • 2006 National APE Teacher of the Year
  • 2014 J.K. Williams, Jr. International Adapted Aquatics Award
  • Over 30 year’s experience as an APE specialist
  • Leader of a national and state team of licensed APE teachers, as well as occupational and physical therapists

Marnie’s MA in Adapted Physical Education with a thesis that examined motor skills and delayed development, along with her accolades as a division one athlete in the sport of diving with a number of national and international championships places her at the top when it comes to understanding the elevated levels of commitment it takes to help students achieve their goals and dreams. Marnie’s genuine love for children and her advanced knowledge of adapted aquatics has gained her national and international recognition by esteemed bodies.

Call Coach Marnie at 760-201-9242 and discover if APE and the Come as You Are program is the right choice for your child to help make dreams come true!

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