The Physical Education Teacher is responsible for developing and implementing a physical education program for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders that focuses on laying the foundation for lifelong fitness practices, establishing healthy habits, and cultivating leisure interests.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Plan and lead group-based or individual physical education sessions for students with a wide range of skills and abilities providing adaptations and modifications of the activities when necessary in order to promote student growth.
- Establish routines and expectations for the session that meet students’ instructional and therapeutic needs and are in line with autism best practices (e.g., warm up routine, visual boundaries for play, visual schedule, etc.).
- Assess students’ strengths, needs, and preferences and implement creative programming to engage and motivate students.
- Create an environment in physical education sessions that encourages student participation; model and train staff during physical education sessions on appropriate methods to encourage student participation.
- Work cooperatively with other physical education teachers or physical education specialists in planning a balanced physical education program that addresses students’ needs across the grade levels (K-12).
- Maintain recreational areas (e.g., gym, open area, etc.), supplies, and equipment, including but not limited to: regular upkeep, daily cleaning, check-in/out system for equipment.
- Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education or Education.
- State of Illinois issued PEL (Professional Educator’s License) with PE endorsement on file with the DuPage County Regional Office of Education required.