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PE for pupils with PMLD

Discussion in 'Special educational needs' started by nearly_there, Aug 17, 2011.

  1. nearly_there

    nearly_there New commenter

    I have changed class this year and now have a small group of KS3 - KS5 pupils with profound and multiple difficulties for PE once a week. All are wheelchair users (some do use gait trainers) and work at P2-P5 levels. My initial ideas are to plan thematically i.e using the same theme for a full term but I don't want the theme to be too babyish. I also want to keep it fresh and interesting each week although I realise that there will be a need for a lot of repetition. Really I don't know where to start. Any help would be appreciated - how to target set, assessment of progress, medium term planning. My brain just mushes thinking about this.
    The pupils are complimented with a hydro and rebound session each week delievered by a specialist swimming coach and physio.
    Any pointers
    N_T x
  2. cazone

    cazone New commenter

    Not sure if this helps, but I've used this site before for guidance
    This might have something useful.
    Also do you have access to Equals documents, they offer good ideas for PE, the things my class did last year were - tri-golf (each pupils at their own ability and assessed against themselves), boccia, bowling/skittles, dance (again pupils participated at their own level), athletics - we did javelin, shot put, high jump and long jump and wacky races (a class favourite), we also followed the Asda Kwik Cricket programme - which my pupils fully enjoyed.
    BTW my group were KS3 - a mixture of SLD, PMLD and ASD, again a mixture of wheelchair users, ambulent, blind and deaf pupils.
    Let me know if I can be of any more help.
  3. R13

    R13 New commenter

    The northern grid award scheme for PMLD sounded really interesting but I was flabbergasted when reading it . . . . . .
    . . . . to quote level 9 - Balance - Walk along a narrow plank at a height or a low balance beam
    You show me a PMLD child walking along a narrow plank and I'll show you a child who isn't PMLD!!!
  4. nearly_there

    nearly_there New commenter

    Yeah R13 don't think my group are up to walking the plank just yet!
    I'll have a look at those links. We do have EQUALS material in school - thanks for the replies.
    My group have really complex needs so it's quite difficult not to plan things that are too 'skilled' (if that's the right word???) My students have major difficulties controlling their limbs in any delibrate way.
    Any other gems of knowledge out there?
  5. Couldnt disagree more,a s a teacher at a special needs school, it is possible for a child to have profound and multiple learning diffculties and complete these kind of tasks. I can name 3 in my school wiothout trying. PMLD does not mean wheelcahir user!
  6. RamC

    RamC New commenter

    I plan individual activities that complement my pupils' physical development objectives and physio targets, such as reaching out when over a wedge, rolling over a tumble form and pushing back with their legs, balancing sitting on a gym ball pushing up through the feet, (with or without support from a hoist in place), independent movement on the floor, (sitting, rocking, crawling). And then repetitive movement activities such as putting bricks in and out of a tub, pulling hoops off a rope, throwing a ball away from their body. Some students can hold a bat and hit a ball or balloon suspended from the ceiling above them. We also do a session each week of music and movement and a Sherbourne session. But "technically" PMLD refers to pupils working at P3 and below, very few of whom would have a concept of activities in a group, turn taking or anything that happened removed from their own body. If your group are working higher than P3 they may have mastered some of the skills needed to access more typical games :) Good luck!
  7. R13

    R13 New commenter

    I'm intrigued then canbridg3 - what level of physical ability and mental ability can you see as the upper end of Profound and Multiple Learning Disability. I have met children, rarely, who I might see as PMLD who can have some mobility skills but not able to independently use them very effectively

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