MOVE Programme

The MOVE Programme is an activity-based practice that enables disabled young people to gain independent movement. It uses the combined approach of education, therapy and family knowledge to teach the skills of sitting, standing, walking and transitioning between. The aim of the MOVE Programme is to offer these movement opportunities to disabled people, opening up and transforming the world around them and creating an accessible, interesting and educational world full of opportunity and choice.

The programme’s central philosophy is that movement is the foundation for learning. In early development, children learn about their environment and gain skills to navigate the world by moving, exploring, and practicing repeatedly. A disabled child who uses assistive equipment and relies on others for much of their movement is generally provided fewer opportunities to independently move and learn. The MOVE Programme ensures that disabled young people are provided these vital opportunities to develop their mobility and independence.

The MOVE Programme is not a therapy technique just for professionals, it is a collaborative framework that puts the disabled young person and their family at the centre of everything, and unites all of the individuals who support them to work towards the same meaningful goals. To keep everyone on the same page, the programme is built around 6 steps:

    1. Assessment - Where is the individual now?
    2. Goal Setting - Where do they want to get to?
    3. Task Analysis - What skills are needed to get there?
    4. Prompt Measurement - What support is currently required?
    5. Prompt Adjustment - What support will be needed to achieve their goal?
    6. Teaching the Skills - How will you ensure they reach their goal?

    The MOVE Programme has given many of the children in school a variety of different opportunities to learn valuable skills that enable them to reach their own personal goals and develop fundamental skills. There is wider impact on each child’s holistic development too. Recent examples include supporting children to walk up the steps onto the swimming bus and moving away from using a wheelchair to sitting on their own seat on the daily transport each day. The MOVE Programme has made such a positive difference to the pupils in unique and individualised ways. - Ivy House School, Derby.

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