Center for Adapted Physical Education Online
PetrSU students hold online classes for children within their summer practical training at the Center for Adapted Physical Education.
Each student is responsible for 3-4 children. Every day they meet online and exercise for 15-20 minutes. Classes are held via Skype, Zoom, and TrueConf.
The exercises are developed in a way that allows using various sports equipment (broomstick, tennis ball, skipping rope, rope, blocks, paper) and doing them independently after the students’ practice comes to an end.
“This form of practical training turned out to be successful. First of all, children with health limitations must continue their exercises of adapted physical culture, secondly these classes make up for the lack of communication due to self-isolation. Moreover, online exercises can continue after the self-isolation, as many children with health limitations are home-schooled or live in remote regions of Karelia,” say the specialists of the Institute.
The Center for Adapted Physical Education engages in sports and recereational activities for people with health limitations and disabled people. The Center works with children and people with lesions of musculoskeletal system, cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities (autism spectrum disorders, Down’s syndrome), blind and visually impaired. Classes are held individualy and in groups.
Face-to-face classes are held at PetrSU in two sport halls fitted with special modern equipment and exercise machines, and in the Onego swimming pool, which, too, has special equipment for people with health limitations and disabled people. Moreover, the Center has Gross exercise equipment, the only one in the Republic.
Larisa Kieleviainen is the Head of the Center for Adapted Sports Education, coauthor of unique methods for rehabilitation of disabled people and organization of physical education for children with health limitations.
Larisa Kieleviainen and a team of student volunteers have organized over 40 events that engaged over 3000 people, established 4 groups for children and adults, and developed an educational program “Physical Education for People with Health Limitations”.
“This academic year was eventful in many areas.
Students of the program “Adapted Physical Education” have taken additional studies at Cherepovets State University. In the first semester, students of the program “Physical Education” have successfully participated in Russian scicentific conferences and presented their reports. The Department has cooperated with the Sports Training Center of the Republic of Karelia, our students volunteered at each and every sports events. In distant form of studying we have managed to completed all courses. We have even arranged teaching practice. For instance, the students of the program “Adapted Physical Education”, both intramural and extramural, held online classes for children with health limitations. We have held our traditional events: contests “School – Territory of Sports”, “Academic Sporticus”, career orientation events, the Institute’s gymnastics championship.
The Center for Adapted Physical Education, too, had an eventful year: involvement in social projects implemented by Karelian NGOs, organization of engaging events in dog therapy, dance therapy, volunteer work, and the New Year celebration in the Center has convened over 60 guests this year. In self-isolation classes with children continued online,” said Larisa Kieleviainen.