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PETE's PALs Program Overview

The PETE’s PALS program is an aquatic and motor program offered for children with disabilities.  The program is designed to help the participating children become efficient movers in a fun and safe environment.  Each child in the program is assigned a trained clinician who will work one on one for the two hour gym and swim program. 

A child's program may include:

  • Physical fitness activities to improve muscular strength, endurance and flexibility.
  • Body awareness and special orientation.
  • Fundamental and motor- patterns and sport skills.
  • Swimming and water safety skills.
  • Sensory motor activities.

Role of the PETE’s PALs Clinician

The program is designed to offer Purdue University students the opportunity to gain professional experience and an opportunity to apply theory to practice, while also providing a valuable community service element to PETE’s PALS. The clinicians are recruited undergraduate and/or graduate students from Purdue’s education and therapy disciplines who have shown an eagerness to work in the program and demonstrate a willingness to learn and accept an educational challenge to motivate and teach children and youth with disabilities. Interested students will be interviewed and agree to the commitment of the PETE’s PALS program.  Throughout the program, undergraduate students will not only benefit from the interactions with expert educators and therapists, but also from valuable hands-on learning experience through the program’s orientation and training. 

Parent’s Town Hall Meetings

Throughout the PETE’s PALs program parents will be provided with opportunities to engage with one another and with invited guest speakers. These speakers will vary each semester, but include key individuals such as adapted physical education teachers, occupational therapists, special education professions, etc. Through these meetings parents will be provided with information to help advocate for their child in the educational environment and enhance knowledge to assist their child’s motor needs at home.

Child and Clinician Applications Due September 5, 2014

Program Schedule

  • September 30 – 6:00-8:00 PM – Faith Community Center, Lafayette, IN
  • October 7 – 6:00-8:00 PM – Faith Community Center, Lafayette, IN
  • October 21 – 6:00-8:00 PM – Faith Community Center, Lafayette, IN
  • October 28 – 6:00-8:00 PM – Faith Community Center, Lafayette, IN
  • November 4 – 6:30-8:00 PM – Purdue University Schwartz Tennis Center, West Lafayette, IN
  • November 11 – 6:00-8:00 PM – Faith Community Center, Lafayette, IN
  • November 18 – 6:00-8:00 PM – Faith Community Center, Lafayette, IN