New England Center For Children Teacher Wins Prestigious Adapted Pe Award From Mahperd
Phil Leonard to Receive Amelia Riou Award for Adapted PE Teacher of the Year
By: The New England Center for Children
MAHPERD, which is dedicated to providing professional development opportunities, promoting leadership, and advocating for quality programs in the Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance fields, presents this award to recognize an outstanding hands-on practitioner who has made valuable contributions in the area of Adapted Physical Education.
"I am incredibly honored and grateful to be recognized by my peers with this MAHPERD award," said Phil Leonard, Assistant Director of Adapted Physical Education, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy at NECC. "For students with autism, and generally for all kids with disabilities, physical fitness is such a critical component of their overall education and success, which is what makes it particularly rewarding to be able to do my job every day."
Leonard, with NECC since 2005, is Assistant Director of Adapted Physical Education, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy. In that role, he leads the adapted physical education program, including all curriculum development, and oversees strategic collaboration among the OT, PT and APE teams to ensure alignment of services to students.
During this unprecedented time of COVID-19, Leonard has been instrumental in leading the creation of an adapted physical education curriculum that serves students at home and in NECC's fifteen residences.
About The New England Center for Children
The New England Center for Children® (NECC®) is an award-winning autism education center and research institute. Our community of teachers, researchers, and clinicians have transformed the lives of thousands of children with autism worldwide through education, research, and technology. The Center provides comprehensive services to maximize independence: