What is MOVE?
MOVE stands for: Movement Opportunities Via Education
MOVE helps people with physical impairments to acquire more abilities and independence to sit, stand, walk and transition. This is achieved through instruction, adaptive equipment, and knowledge of education, therapy and family support. It is based on the principle of using and creating functional and routine opportunities to practice physical skills.
The MOVE philosophy is that movement is the foundation for learning.
MOVE focuses on what the child can already do, not what they cannot do. It is a positive approach and goals are set that are realistic, achievable and functional. The aim of MOVE is that children are given opportunities to learn and practise new skills on a daily basis, that will help develop independence, family life, social skills and well-being. Every achievement is recognised and celebrated.
With these increased abilities, there is:
1) Better health,
2) Easier for care providers to move or lift people,
3) More dignity, and
4) New opportunities for fuller participation and inclusion in family life, school and community.
At Meadow Wood all staff are trained MOVE practitioners, who work closely with the children in their classes, supported by the physiotherapists and children’s families. We currently have 4 children going through the MOVE assessment process to create their own individual programme, targets and goals, A rolling programme in place to ensure all children at Meadow Wood School have a MOVE assessment in place by December 2017.
The assessment process involves the team around the child, which includes the class teacher, a member of the class team, the child’s school physiotherapist and the child’s parents or carers, meets to have an open discussion about what the child can do, what skills they have already acquired and identify short term targets leading to long term goals. When the initial assessment has been completed, goals will be set that are meaningful to the child and their family. For example: to be able to sit at the table for a meal with the family. We intend to appoint a MOVE coordinator to monitor and evaluate the MOVE programme, at a whole school level, when the opportunity arises.
Once goals are set the class team will work out what skills are needed to achieve this goal and when these skills might be practiced with in daily routines and the possibility of creating new opportunities to practice skills. The class team will look at the amount of support and prompting the child needs to start learning the new skills to achieve their short term targets and long term goals. Over time this support and prompting will hopefully decrease as the child succeeds in their targets and gains confidence in their new skills.
When the child’s individual programme has been created, the skills identified and the targets set, the class team will integrate teaching MOVE skills into their everyday routines, giving the children every possible opportunity to achieve and reach their full potential. We will keep an accurate picture of children’s progress towards MOVE motor milestones by regularly assessing them and collecting evidence of their progress.