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Hello!  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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20/10/2013

Hello Joanna:

This is my advice to you regarding your request:

I understand you are a special education teacher for adults with intellectual disabilities.

Did you ever consider doing a survey between them asking their preferences between options and possibilities?

I am sure as you mentioned “this class of 35 intellectually disabled adults takes a trip to a gym for an hour where we have access to basketballs, soccer balls, and hand weights.”
I would ask them between what you have already done what they loved the most and enhance that specific activity. You can even consider changing a small thing related to one specific exercise to improve their skill development in the learning process.

Reinvent the same games using something they will consider funny. For example using T shirts they can paint, or doing something in the place to bring joy and fun from their inner feelings.

Music is as well o good element to consider.

I think you have a great thing you can develop since as you said “they are all relatively high-functioning adults but still vary in their degree of disability”.

I wonder which type of disability they have.

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