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Motor Development Clinic Staff

Dr. Perky Vetter, Clinic Director

The Motor Development Clinic is a specialized program in the College of Science, one of seven colleges
at Cal Poly Pomona. Dr. Perky Vetter holds a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education, Master's degree inAdapted Physical Education, and a terminal degree in Special Education, emphasis in Educational Psychology. She has taught specifically in the area of Adapted Physical Education and teacher preparation at Cal Poly Pomona since 1979. She is the university coordinator for Adapted Physical Education. Dr. Vetter is a consultant with the California Department of Education, Special Education Division. She has chaired the following committees for the State Department of Education: APE program advisory, APE credential standards, and APE Guidelines for California Schools. Dr. Vetter is an active member of CAHPERD, holding multiple offices over the years. She presents yearly in the field of Adapted Physical Education at the local, district, state, and national levels.

Mary Stegemann, Clinic Coordinator

Ms. Stegemann holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Physical Education, with emphasis in Adapted Physical Education. She holds current teaching credentials in adapted physical education and single subject physical education. Ms. Stegemann is responsible for the clinic's daily on-going program. She has been involved in the clinic since 1981, from being a clinician to her present position as coordinator. She is active in the adapted physical education profession, attending conferences and keeping her knowledge and skill levels current.


The clinicians are graduate or upper-division students specializing in teaching and/or working with children. Each clinician must complete specific course work in Adapted Physical Education and Motor Development, as well as other related areas. In addition to the course work, clinicians must meet rigorous competencies in the areas of assessment, diagnosis, prescription, and implementation of a movement program. All clinicians spend a minimum of one quarter as an assistant/associate clinician before they are qualified to serve their own clients. A training clinician is a junior or senior majoring in physical education, psychology, liberal studies, or a related field, in good academic standing, and a person who has met the rigid entry requirements established by the clinic administration.

Although the clinicians have total control of a client's assessment, diagnosis, and movement therapy program, they are in constant communication with the coordinator. The clinician's daily lesson plans as well as the quarter's goals and objectives are reviewed by the coordinator. Part of the clinicians ongoing training is constant feedback from the coordinator concerning the client, the therapy program, and parent interaction. The clinicians are capable of handling most questions the parents ask. The director is available for interaction with the parents regarding program placement at the end of each quarter session.

In Remembrance
Mary Lou Rodriguez