Physical literacy is the ability to demonstrate physical proficiencies in multiple environments (Dean Kriellaars, 2006). Individuals who are physically literate move with competence and confidence in a wide variety of physical activities in multiple environments that benefit the healthy development of the whole person (PHE Canada).
It is important that persons with a physical disability also have the opportunity to develop their physical literacy. Many of the skills individuals learn are directly applicable to the real world environment we all face in our daily lives. Physical literacy skills become important to daily lives so persons with a physical disability can have fun with their peers, participate in school and recreation programs and compete in sport. It’s important to note that physical literacy skills are also gained in inclusive environments will stay with all those that participate.
Physical literacy is the cornerstone of both participation and excellence in physical activity and sport. Individuals who are physically literate have the competence, confidence and motivation to enjoy a variety of sports and physical activities and are more likely to be active for life. Below are resources related to physical literacy:
NB Physical Literacy Website – http://www.nbphysicalliteracy.ca/
FMS Active Start and FUNdamentals for Children with a Physical Disability – http://www.phecanada.ca/programs/physical-literacy/fundamental-movement-skills/children-physical-disability