Adapted Physical Education and Related Services 

Adapted physical education is a direct special education service in the curricular area of physical education; it is not a related service. While APE may work on similar student skills as other related services, we have very different expertise and perspectives. An overview of adapted physical education and how our disciplines overlap will be provided. As school-based practitioners, related services such as OT, PT and Speech practitioners need to understand the role of APE and how, together, they can promote health and wellness in the lives of students with disabilities. We will discuss how we can effectively collaborate with APE specialists and PE teachers to improve student outcomes and participation.

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Adapted Physical Education and Related Services

Watch and Re-watch! 60-day Access

Questions regarding payment or purchase order? Email Carlo at [email protected]


What therapists say about this course

Wonderful speaker! Lots of easy to follow applicable information.

- PT with 41 years of experience

This session really helped me to think more about how adapted PE is being provided in my setting. Great resources provided!

- PT with 4 years of experience

Very good information presented. Answered a lot of 'grey' areas for my practice.

- PT with 19 years of experience

INSTRUCTOR: Laurie Ray, MPT, PhD has over 17 years of experience in school-based practice and is a state-level PT consultant for public schools. She is a co-author and co-publisher of, an evidence-based online resource for pediatric PTs, OTs, and SLPs. She also consults for Medicaid and Adapted Physical Education for her state and is an Associate Professor at UNC-Chapel Hill. Laurie is the chair of the APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapists’ School-based Special Interest Group.

AUDIENCE: OTs, PTs, OTAs, PTAs, SLPs and Educators



At the completion of the course, the learner is expected to:

  1. Identify 2 differences between Supplementary Aids/Services and Specially Designed Instruction
  2. Select 2 areas of overlap and 2 distinct differences between Adapted Physical Education and Related Services
  3. Determine 2 collaborative practices between APE and Related Services that are appropriate for promoting play and leisure, health and wellness of students with disabilities


  • The Importance of APE
  • IDEA, State and Local Policy
  • APE Service Provision and Collaboration with Related Services
  • Eligibility and IEP Development for APE 
  • Post-test: 10-item multiple choice. 70% correct answers required to receive a certificate


1.5 continuing education hours of training are awarded to learners who complete this course.

  • Apply EBP, LLC is an approved provider of CEUs for PTs and PTAs in IL, NY; and for OTs and OTAs in IN, IL, NY, and AOTA (see imprimatur below for details).
  • This course has been approved for PTs and PTAs in AR and CA.
  • These OT state boards accept approval by AOTA, other state boards or associations: AL, AK, AR, DE, DC, FL, IL, IN, KY, LA, MD, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NV, NH, NM, NC, ND, OH, OR, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VT, VA, WI and DC.
  • These PT state boards accept approval by other states boards or AOTA: AK, AZ, DE, HI, IN, KY, MI, MT, NC, ND, OR, PA, RI, TN, UT, VT, VA, WI, WY and DC.
  • These states do not require pre-approval of courses or have no CE requirements for OTs and OTAs: AZ, CA, CO, CT, GA, HI, ID, IA, KS, ME, MA, NE, NJ, UT, WA, WV and WY.
  • These states do not require pre-approval of courses or have no CE requirements for PTs and PTAs: AL, CO, CT, GA, IA, KS, ME, MA, MO, NE, NH, and WA.
  • If you would like to obtain CEUs for another state, please email us.

Learners must watch the video and complete course requirements, including scoring 70% or higher in the post-test to receive a certificate. Five (5) post-test retakes are allowed; if you exceed this limit, please email us.


  • You will have access to this course for at least 60 days.
  • There is no cancellation once course is purchased. Please email us if you have any questions.
  • Apply EBP, LLC abide by all provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Apply EBP, LLC is committed to equal educational access for individuals with disabilities. Apply EBP, LLC does not discriminate against any individuals with disabilities from registering or attending any of our courses. We work closely with venues to ensure that facilities utilized are accessible. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact us via email or phone (646-269-9039) with requests for accommodations. Apply EBP, LLC will make every effort to provide reasonable accommodations.