ABSTRACT

Theresa is an adapted physical education teacher and former college runner who is working with a class of individuals with intellectual disabilities on improving their fitness. She has access to a track but is unable to have everyone sustain their behavior without stopping or meeting their goals. The participants were able to jog but could not be consistent in their performance. Theresa decided to set a goal of 30 minutes without stopping with a cadence that was individualized. After testing her class, it was evident that everyone could run at least five minutes without stopping. Recognizing that her class needed to be praised to increase their endurance, Theresa developed two strategies using a social praise program while running and self-recording, which allowed participants to enter their running time on posters in the gymnasium. This program successfully involved running duration using behavior management strategies.