This course provides opportunities for students, from all academic disciplines to gain knowledge in the area of S.M.I.L.E. programming. The theoretical and applied aspects of adapted physical activity that directly relate to the S.M.I.L.E. program will be delivered. The topics include assessment of physical literacy, motor development, physical activity program, positive behaviour approach, instructional and activity modifications and leadership.
Instructor: Roxanne Seaman
Course Type: Online; Continuous-intake. Register anytime and learn at your own pace
The Acadia S.M.I.L.E. (Sensory Motor Instructional Leadership Experience) Program is an innovative, academic-based, yet volunteer–driven program that provides persons with varying disabilities a unique physical activity experience in order to improve their total development as individuals. To achieve this goal, an individual physical activity plan is developed for each of our participants that include: physical fitness activities to improve strength, endurance and flexibility; and perceptual motor programs to enhance development of body awareness, spatial awareness, temporal awareness and sport skills. All of this is done within a safe environment of play and fun in which Acadia University student-volunteers provide one-on-one instruction to our participants, and in the process, develop their own leadership skills. In addition to a series of Module reflections, you will also demonstrate your ability to integrate various aspects of the knowledge gained from each Module by researching and presenting motor programming for an individual of a specific age and ability level for an 8-week time frame in a Case Study assignment.