Graduate student lifts weights with Motor Development participant
Girl rides floating motorcycle in the pool at the motor development program

The Motor Development Program (MDP) provides individualized instruction in the areas of aquatics, health-related physical fitness, gross motor skill development, sport skills, and physical recreation skills to approximately 35 children and youth with disabilities, ages 3-21.  Through 1:1 and small group instruction, trained college student staff members implement focused lessons to achieve participant goals. Where appropriate, instructional programming may consider social, behavioral, and functional needs.

The MDP is scheduled in conjunction with the UW-La Crosse academic calendar.  Approximately 11, two-hour sessions are held in the Fall and Spring semesters in Mitchell Hall. The MDP takes place on Thursdays from 5:30-7:30 p.m. 

Program Time and Day

Approximately 11 MDP sessions are held each semester.

    • Fall & Spring Semesters: Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 pm




All sessions meet in Mitchell Hall on the UWL campus.


Below are application forms that are necessary to enroll an individual in this program.

 Follow the steps below to apply:

  1. Complete the following forms and return them to the Center on Disability Health and Adapted Physical Activity at UW-La Crosse, 108 Mitchell Hall (do not send any payment at this time).  Failure to fully complete these forms will delay review of the application.

2. Sign the Authorization for Release of Medical Information and forward the form to the prospective participant's appropriate physician.

  • Authorization for Release of Medical Information  (signed by parent/guardian)
  • Medical Information Form (to be completed by physician)

Sign  the Authorization for Release of Confidential School Information and forward the form to the prospective participant's appropriate school teacher or other school personnel.

  • Authorization for Release of Confidential School Information Form  (signed by parent/guardian)
  • Confidential School Information Form (to be completed by school personnel)

Upon receipt of all completed information, and if space is available for new participants, we will e-mail or phone you about acceptance.  If space is not available, we will place the prospective participant on our waiting list.

For Student Volunteers

If you would like to volunteer with the Motor Development Program, please complete an application and return it to Heidi in 108 Mitchell Hall. All volunteers must pass a background check. 

MDP and Adult Fitness Volunteer Application.docx

If you have questions, contact the program assistant, Heidi, at the Center office at 608.785.8690 or email at Office hours are:

Tuesday 8:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.

Wednesday 8:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. 

Thursday 8:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.

Friday 8:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. 

University student volunteers and children have fun floating in the pool during Children's Motor Development.