UCM Daily - Thursday, February 26
Adaptive Physical Education Program Offers Unique Learning Experience
UCM's THRIVE program students are helping to enhance a Physical Education course to create a unique, hands-on learning environment.
The Adaptive Field Education course was designed to instruct Education and Exercise Science majors on how to teach individuals with disabilities. Now, students are assigned a THRIVE student to work with as a personal trainer. The THRIVE program at UCM provides intellectually challenged young adults with a two-year residential college experience, transitioning them from home to independence.
"As they work one-on-one or with a partner and their THRIVE student, they really start to develop a camaraderie and the class becomes even more enjoyable," says Kenneth Bias, associate professor of Physical Education.
Through exercise activities, sports and games, the THRIVE students learn the habits of a healthy lifestyle while developing a positive sense of self worth.
"We get to have our own personal trainers who help teach us the basics of exercising," says Anna McDaniel, a THRIVE student in the class.
DK Barr, a previous student of the class is now a teaching assistant for Bias.
"It's definitely an eye-opener to see their passion," say Barr. "They'll come clear across campus to give you a hug."
By furthering their physical education knowledge and gaining first-hand experience working with individuals with disabilities, Physical Education students are learning to a greater degree.
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Events for Thursday, 2/26/2015
|All Day||UCM Visits India|
|All Day||Unity Week 2015|
|9:00 AM||Blackboard Community [Faculty & Staff Only]|
|9:00 AM||Dealing with Difficult People [Faculty & Staff Only]|
|9:00 AM||Theatre & Dance Box Office Opens|
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