Graduation Date

Spring 2019

Document Type



Master of Science degree with a major in Kinesiology, option Teaching/Coaching

Committee Chair Name

Dr. Jill Pawlowski

Committee Chair Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Second Committee Member Name

Sally Carlson-Mircetich

Second Committee Member Affiliation

Community Member or Outside Professional

Third Committee Member Name

Dr. Chris Hopper

Third Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Subject Categories



Children with disabilities are less likely to reach the daily recommendation (60 minutes) of physical activity a day. Parents of children with a disability play an important role in the amount of physical activity their child participates in but often lack the knowledge and skills necessary to facilitate physical activity opportunities. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to evaluate the feedback received from parents that participate in the parental physical activity education program. Participants included 8 parents of a child with a disability from the age of six to 14. The feedback from parents was assessed by a program evaluation survey, which included 5 close-ended questions that are scored on a 5-point Likert scale. Mixed methods will be used with descriptive statistics expressed in means and SD for all closed questions. The program evaluation revealed that while the program components were perceived as being helpful for facilitating physical activity over the summer, is did not change parents overall view of physical activity.

Keywords: physical activity, children with disabilities, parents role, barriers

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