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Leisure Education

The Leisure Education Services (LES) serves students with intellectual, physical, medical or emotional disabilities to develop and use the skills needed to actively participate in physical education, social and recreational activities in their school, at home or in their community.

Services are Delivered Through Various Modalities:

Direct: Provision of hands-on skill training to students with special needs and their peers, directed by the LES teacher.

Classroom Demonstrations and Co-teaching: The LES staff lead sample PE lessons to provide classroom teachers with techniques and activities that include the needs and abilities of all students in their class. The LES teacher also meets with teachers to develop long term plans and then work together with them to teach weekly PE classes. LES also works one-to-one to teach motor, social and leisure skills with LES students during their PE or other classes.

Small Group Activities: LES uses small, integrated group activities to encourage skill learning.

Pull Out: One-to-one skill learning separate from the distractions or advanced lessons of the student’s peers.

Community Based Lifetime Leisure Training: Community based activities are designed to teach and reinforce skills across a variety of environments and situations.

Besides learning the sport/recreational activity rules and procedures and developing necessary motor skills and improving physical fitness, students also practice associated daily living skills.

Consultation: Through staffing meetings, informal progress dialog, training sessions with teachers, school staff, peers and family members, the LES staff discuss student status, share ideas, equipment needs, suggest adaptations and modifications

Teacher/Aide Training: The school staff are given training to acquire the skills needed to implement the activities that teach and reinforce the fitness, motoric, social or leisure goals and objectives of the students. This training may be accomplished one-on-one with the teacher, staff development in-services, conferences or classes.

Parent Family Training: Based on the student’s needs, training is done in the home or community environment where the student’s interests lie.

Provision of Assistive Devices and Equipment Fabrication: Based on the student’s needs, evaluate design, adapt staff purchase and/or create AT devices that will increase/improve a student’s participation with his peers.