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Adapting Equipment for Teaching Object Control Skills

Sean Healy
University of Virginia


A child's ability to execute object control skills, such as throwing, catching, striking and kicking, will affect their success in more complex physical activities and sport participation. For a physical education (PE) teacher to effectively teach these skills to a child with a disability, the adaptation of equipment may be necessary. This article suggests five ways equipment can be adapted; explained as the five S's of equipment adaptation: size, sound, support, surface, and speed. A variety of equipment pieces are presented incorporating these five adaptations.

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