Parental Expectations About Adapted Physical Education Services

Holly Chaapel, Luis Columna, Rebecca Lytle, Jo Ellen Bailey

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The purpose of this study was to characterize the expectations of parents of children with disabilities regarding adapted physical education services. Participants (N = 10) were parents of children with disabilities. Parents participated in one-on-one semistructured interviews. Transcripts were analyzed through a constant comparative method. Three parental themes emerged from the analysis: (a) importance placed on physical activities, (b) ongoing and frequent communication and collaboration, and (c) teachers' attributes. The results of this study demonstrated that parents wanted more communication with the adapted physical education teacher, a collaborative working relationship, attendance of the adapted physical education teacher at Individual Education Program meetings, and normalcy for their child.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)186-196
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Special Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - Nov 2013


  • adapted physical education
  • collaboration
  • communication
  • parents
  • special education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Rehabilitation


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