Research Summary: Dennis Vacante, NBCT/CAPE is a National Board Certified Teacher/Certified in Adapted Physical Education. He was formerly the Regional Itinerant Liaison for Adapted Physical Education for Prince George's County Public School system. He has taught Adapted Physical Education for 40 years but is now retired from teaching in the public school system. He worked 28 years teaching elementary students who have orthopedic impairments and 12 years with high school students who have intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. Besides teaching the Motor Development and Fitness for Individuals with Disabilities course (KNES-333) Dennis is the coordinator of the Children's Developmental Clinic. This a Saturday program held in the SPH building. The Clinic provides motor development, language, reading, and social skill services to 50-60 children who have various special needs. Students interested in volunteering for the clinic can find more information on our website <http://sph.umd.edu/department/knes/welcome-childrens-developmental-clinic>
Note: Every volunteer will be fingerprinted and have a background check. This is a free service and is part of the Clinic's mandatory training sessions. Clinician volunteers will gain experiential knowledge, learning how to work with children with disabilities. Students can also receive college credit for this service/study experience by registering for Kines-389E. Every volunteer receives a free tee shirt and is eligible to receive a certificate or letter verifying their service hours. Most of all, each volunteer will experience the satisfaction of helping a child who has special needs.
Knes-333 Motor Development and Fitness for Individuals with Disabilities
Knes-389E The Children's Developmental Clinic