Author Credentials

Sister Mary Brian Rafferty, R.S.M.

Date of Award


Document Type

Research Paper

Superseded Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (Education of Mentally Handicapped)

Colleges & School

Cardinal Stritch College

Degree Granted By

Cardinal Stritch College

First Advisor

Sister Gabrielle Kowalski, O.S.F.

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Physical education for children with mental disabilities


Physical activities are a vital element in the daily life of the retarded child at each level of his development, from the first movement of the infant to the coordinated movements required for participation in games and later vocational tasks. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the areas of motor, social and cognitive development as they are affected by physical activities and/or exercises. Secondly, the writer attempted to bring together lists of games, activities, equipment, records and movies to be used in working with retarded children.


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