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UCM Daily - Thursday, February 26

Adaptive Physical Education Program Offers Unique Learning Experience

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Students Samantha Wheeler (left) and Jacob DeClue (right), instruct THRIVE student Anna McDaniel on a weight machine in UCM's Student Recreation and Wellness Center.

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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