P.H.A.S.E. 1 Adaptive Physical Education


Adapted Physical Education is physical education that has been adapted or modified so that it is appropriate for the person with a disability. Federal law mandates that physical education be provided to students with disabilities and defines Physical Education as the development of:

  • Physical and motor skills
  • Fundamental motor skills and patterns (throwing, catching, walking, running, etc.)
  • Skills in aquatics, dance, and individual and group games and sports (including intramural and lifetime sports)

There is a tremendous amount of research and anecdotal evidence that regular physical activity enhances cognitive functioning, social interaction, self-esteem, and is necessary for optimal development.

In an ideal situation, all Physical Education should be adaptive because children have different physical, adaptive, and cognitive skills, as it relates to physical activities. Regardless of what group, race or gender they are, some children will move better than others, some may be more highly motivated and some are more receptive to particular teaching styles in order to succeed 



P.H.A.S.E. 1 Athletics is in its 4th year implementing our Adaptive Physical Education Curriculum. Our mission is to provide fitness and athlete development to all regardless of gender, abilities, age or experience. We utilize our proprietary P.H.A.S.E. 1 Training System, a movement based athlete development curriculum as the foundation of our programs. The athlete development approach focuses on training quality movement to achieve greater mobility and performance. Combined with Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) proven techniques for breaking down program goals physically and cognitively, we have had tremendous success in assisting children on the spectrum towards optimal health.


Our P.H.A.S.E. 1 Team of Interns and Staff have used our diverse educational and personal backgrounds in fitness and sports to develop our P.H.A.S.E. 1 Training Curriculum. Our team includes individuals with Degrees in Exercise Science, Physical Education, Curriculum Development, Education and Sociology. Additional skills include certifications in Fitness, Nutrition, Crisis Prevention and Intervention, CPR and First Aid Certified P.H.A.S.E. 1 Trainers are trained in assessing and working with special needs children. We use an Applied Behavior Analysis (A.B.A.) adaptation of our P.H.A.S.E. 1 Training Curriculum in order to create the lessons and workouts necessary to meet the needs of children who fall underneath the Autistic Spectrum. A big part of the process has been making sure our lessons are progressive, measurable and creative so children enjoy the exercise program. When the children have fun they are much more receptive to moving in all types of ways. 


Our work began in August 2014 in Mesa, Arizona at Pathways School for special needs children, when we were challenged with creating our first adaptive physical education program. Following that we began working with Arizona Autism Charter School (AZACS) by implementing fitness and nutrition lesson into their afterschool program and summer camp. Shortly after we began the work of developing a full physical education program for both AZACSElementary and Middle School campuses. Through AZACS we have gained a wealth of knowledge and training in Applied Behavioral Analysis (A.B.A), Crisis Prevention Intervention, Intervention Plans and guidance from Occupational Therapist, Speech Therapist, Child Psychologist, and Paraprofessionals to adapt our P.H.A.S.E. 1 Training System Curriculum


Children on the autism spectrum are highly susceptible to obesity and poor nutritional habits that will continue into adulthood. They are so unique in their development; it is an ongoing process learning how to support their fitness needs and assisting them on their “Journey of an Elite 1”. 


We invite you to join P.H.A.S.E. 1 Team for the 2018 Autism Speaks Walk this Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, at 8:00am Click the link to join our team! If you can’t make the walk, support our efforts by purchasing our Autism Awareness t-shirt. Our t-shirts will help spread awareness of the need for greater fitness opportunities for children with autism. Purchasing a t-shirt will also help P.H.A.S.E. 1 further develop our adaptive physical education training curriculum and acquire more adaptive fitness equipment, allowing us to better serve our children and partners in the autism community. 

Join our team:

Purchase your P.H.A.S.E. 1 Athletics Adaptive Physical Education T-shirt:

For more information on P.H.A.S.E. 1 Athletics and our P.H.A.S.E. 1 Training System Adaptive Physical Education Program contact us at admin@phase1athletics.com or visit www.phase1athletics.com


1) https://www.apens.org/whatisape.html

2) https://autismfitness.com/

Wayne Dawkins

Wayne Dawkins is the Founder of P.H.A.S.E. 1 Youth Association in Toronto, Canada and CEO of P.H.A.S.E 1 Athletics based out of Phoenix, Arizona. He is a former NCAA basketball player with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education and a concentration in Sociology. For over 25 years Wayne's has assisted hundreds of student-athletes and professional athletes on their journey to achieving their greater goals through the development of community teams, programs, and events to facilitate their needs.

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