Modifying Group Games* *chapter 8 in Block’s book. Martin E. Block, Ph.D. University of Virginia. Introduction to Modifying Games*. 1. Games are not sacred, kids are . If a game is not appropriate for even a single player, it is worth examining and altering to accommodate that player
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Martin E. Block, Ph.D.
University of Virginia
1. Games are not sacred, kids are.
2. Not all games are for everyone, at least not in their traditional configuration.
3. You can modify any game to include anyone.
* From Morris, G., & Stiehl, J. (1999). Changing kids’ games (2nd ed.). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
4. Whenever possible, include child with disabilities when making decisions about modifications.
5. Get input from classmates without disabilities.
6. Give students as many choices as possible.
7. Participating with physical assistance is an acceptable way to participate, especially when the alternative is not participating at all.
8. On occasion, play multiple games at the same time with some games following regulation rules and others having modifications.
1. Does the game modification allow the student with a disability to participate successfully yet still be challenged?
2. Does the game modification make the setting unsafe for the student with a disability or for peers?
3. Does the game modification negatively affect peers without disabilities?
4. Does the game modification cause undue hardship on you the PE teacher?
Task ComplexityBall Speed in TennisApplication
Easy stationary ball less skilled, beginner
Moderate Slow, easy toss moderate skilled
Difficult Hard hit ball advanced player
Underlying ComponentsPossible Modifications
* From Kasser & Lytle (2005). Inclusive physical activity. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics