Physical Education: Gym and Swim
When it comes to physical education at WPSBC, our staff is creative and sensitive to our students’ varying range of abilities. Particular attention is paid to the goals and objectives that are outlined in each student’s individualized educational program. Teachers create challenging yet motivating physical activities that are modified for each student to set them up for success.
Students have physical education class once a week for 45 minutes. Classrooms split up for physical education, with half going to the gymnasium and the other half going to the pool for adapted aquatics lessons. This enables the instructors to provide more personalized attention to each student.
Our gym is specifically designed to help our students make the most of their physical education classes and extracurriculars. The hardwood floor accommodates those in wheelchairs, walkers or other assisted devices, and state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems can be tailored to best suit the needs of our children who have sensory impairments.
Adapted aquatic lessons, which range from therapeutic movements to basic swimming skills, offer both physical and psychological benefits. Swimming can help circulation, relax the muscles and tone the body. But just as important, the opportunity to move freely within the pool can improve self-esteem, promote body and spatial awareness, and sparks a feeling of independence.