Let’s get physical

Physical therapist Lisa Tumminelli helps a student use a power wheelchair during a visit to the Great Meadows, NJ, Regional School District.

The Matheny School’s adapted physical education program promotes fitness for all by modifying traditional  sports to encourage students to create their own independent movements. In addition, health and wellness activities are provided to enhance decision-making skills and promote team building.

Students are able to demonstrate their skills with peers in the community via visits to physical education classes at public and independent schools. The goal of these visits is to promote interaction between both groups of students and to enable them to compete as peers.

The principal of one school that Matheny visited said her students “spoke about their experience for most of the day. I enjoyed watching the transformation from apprehension to total inclusion.”

Schools interested in participating in this program should contact Jim Hintenach at (908) 234-0011, x239, or jhintenach@matheny.org.