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Course: Keep Them Moving: Recreational Athletic Activities for Students with Special Needs

Release Date: 01/08/2021
Expiration Date: 01/08/2024
Originally presented at Virtual NASN2020 on June 30, 2020.

Cost: $20.00/Free for NASN members!

Upon successful completion of this offering, 
participants will receive 1.0 CNE contact hours.

Program Overview
Students today tend to spend leisure time with sedentary activities. We encourage students to be physically active, but often forget to encourage students with special needs to get involved with physical activity. Students with special needs need physical activity for their emotional health, feelings of belonging and accomplishment, as well as physical health. This presentation will explain the types of physical activity programs available for students with special needs throughout the country and some international programs. It will discuss types of adaptations that can be made and special health considerations for students with special needs participating in physical activities. These will include atlantoaxial instability, bone and joint problems, seizures, diabetes, respiratory problems, distractability, hyperactivity, and communication difficulties. Criteria for participating in a variety of available programs and how to contact these programs will be shared. Case studies and photos will be used to illustrate the information presented. Time will be devoted to discussing situations encountered by attendees and problem solving how to help those students get involved in recreational athletic activities.

Learning Outcomes
As a result of participating in this educational activity, learners will be able to: 
  • List 3 benefits of physical activity for students with special needs.
  • List 5 accommodations that can be made to facilitate students participating in physical activities.
  • Explain the special populations served by various recreational athletic programs.
  • Explain how school nurses can advocate for special needs students participating in recreational athletic programs.
Intended Audience
This continuing education program is a knowledge-based activity developed to meet the educational needs of registered nurses who are interested in child and adolescent health.

Linda Kimel, MS, BSN, RN, CSN
Certified School Nurse
Rockford Public Schools

Faculty and Program Planner Disclosures
NASN must ensure that all educational session content is free of commercial bias and influence. The intent of this disclosure is to provide learners with information on which they can make their own judgments. 
The nurse planner, faculty and reviewers disclose the absence of personal financial relationships with commercial interests relevant to this educational activity within the past 12 months.

Accreditation Statement

National Association of School Nurses is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Accredited status does not imply endorsement by NASN or ANCC of any commercial products discussed in this learning activity.

Commercial Support or Grant Funding

This program did not receive commercial support or grant funding.

Instructions to Complete This CNE Activity
To receive a Certificate of Completion for this course, follow the steps below, and complete and view the full content of the program including the course evaluation.

NASN will conduct an outcome assessment of a sample of participants at a later date. Please be advised that, if you complete this course, you may be asked to participate in this outcome assessment.

Step 1: Enroll in the course through the e-commerce system. Select the Purchase button. You will be directed to the e-commerce system. The item should already be in your shopping cart (look for the shopping cart icon at the top of the e-commerce web page).  The cost for this course will be waived for NASN members during the checkout process.

Step 2: Complete and view the full content of the program. Content items are indexed at the bottom of this screen. After you enroll, you will return to this screen. The first content item will be “unlocked” so that you can begin completing the course. Subsequent items will “unlock” as you complete previous items.
Step 3: Print the certificate.