Teamwork helps make adaptive physical education opportunities possible and is another example of the ingenuity of Minisink Valley faculty and staff.
Elementary School physical education teacher Anthony Pascarelli and Elementary School adapted physical education teacher Theresa Uhelsky recently introduced their students to floor hockey, played in the style of ice hockey on a flat floor surface such as a basketball court.
They’re learning how to shoot a ball using sticks with a curved/ padded end. But thanks to a creative group effort, a student has a specially created adaptive hockey stick to use so he can play the game with his peers.
Mr. Pascarelli, Ms. Uhelsky, Physical Therapist Dr. Jen Lynch and Physical Therapy Assistant Jessica McKinstrie brainstormed as to how they could modify a regular floor hockey stick for Joseph’s use. They took their vision to Buildings & Grounds maintenance mechanics Joey Palazzo and Dennis Devine, who quickly designed and fabricated it.
As a special touch, his unique adaptive stick was painted blue and features “Bluey,” his favorite cartoon character, who is a 6-year-old Blue Heeler pup who loves to play.
After some expected modifications, Joseph has been having a blast using his stick in gym class, to the delight and happiness of everyone involved.
“We’re committed to always finding ways to making physical education class a welcoming and memorable environment for all students with special needs,” said Ms. Uhelsky. “At times, adaptive equipment helps make this a reality. We’re grateful to everyone who played a role in allowing Joseph to learn about this game and play with his peers.”
Playing floor hockey helps to develop eye-hand coordination, balance, agility, physical fitness and teamwork!