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Hello, Mr. Taylor!  I am a special education teacher for adults with intellectual disabilities.  Every day, this class of 35 intellectually disabled adults takes a trip to a gym for an hour where we have access to basketballs, soccerballs, and hand weights.  I am out of ideas for fun games and group physical activities for these students, as they are all relatively high-functioning adults but still vary in their degree of disability.  Could you please give me some ideas of games and/or physical activities I could try with these students, and/or recommend a book or resource that might do the same?  I have searched tirelessly on the internet and am coming up short.  Thank you so much for any help or suggestions that you may have!

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Adult disabilities are not my area of expertise but my suggestion would be to be more formal in your attempts to keep them active by teaching them how to play the games correctly that their now just playing at.  for example, teach them the rules of basketball and try to teach them the fundamental skills of each game.  this process takes time and patients but you may find that the process of learning for them is more important and more enjoyable then simply playing at the game..Plus the time it takes to learn will hopefully keep them engaged as they learn to dribble shoot, pass etc...the same principles can be applied to all recreational endeavors.   

I wish I could have been more help.

Richard

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Richard Taylor

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I am able to answer most special education question. I can answer questions about IEP's, time lines, educational needs, special education problems with districts, teachers, other students. I can answer questions regarding proper programs and educational practices. I am comfortable answering a variety of questions in relation to, not only special education, but education in general.

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I have experience in special education, general education, with specific experience with all forms of special needs, administration, parent concerns and student educational needs and programs.

Education/Credentials
I have a Masters in Special Education and an undergraduate degree in Business with a minor in Religious Studies.

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Leadership awards from various organizations including my Alma Matter and schools.

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