MOVE is an activity based programme which uses the combined knowledge of education, therapy and family to teach disabled children the skills of sitting, standing, walking and transferring to the very best of their ability.
MOVE works with the child, the family, teachers, therapists and anyone else who shares their time with them. Using a goal based approach the child works towards agreed targets which range from being able to raise and hold their head independently enabling them to view and interact with the world around them, to being able to play football whilst using a ‘gait trainer (pacer).
At Henry Tyndale we have adopted the MOVE philosophy and encourage our pupils to be as active as they possibly can in their own learning and by exploring their environment. Everyone working together towards each pupil’s mobility goals has really had a massive impact.
“There has been a significant increase in her interest in the world around her”;
“The MOVE programme has been very instrumental in improving her general wellbeing, happiness and ability to do other things”;
“_____ is a much happier child since using the pacer at home and I feel she could do even more”;
“My life and ____’s is much happier now she has the use of her legs after years of being in a wheelchair”
“I am over the moon to see _____ walk around on her own in the pacer and to approach you when you come into the room. _____ has made massive progress”.
Staff in school have said
“She can now make a small choice as to where she wants to go when in the gait trainer”;
“______ is not dependent on staff to move him from A – B, he can now make limited choices”
“Parents can see that he is more interested in the world around him and what is going on”;
“Using a bicycle or pacer to move around the school has raised her self esteem as she receives many more interactions than she did when she was in her wheelchair”
Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team underpins the child’s whole learning. Setting up regular meetings when all professionals and parents can work towards shared goals is essential to ensure that the child remains motivated and on target to achieve.
We now have lots of pupils on the MOVE programme and hope to add more this coming academic year. We have purchased additional pacers, standing slings, trikes and other equipment which help facilitate the MOVE programme further.
We now have two MOVE Tutors in the school who will facilitate the addition of other pupils on the programme and lots of staff who have completed the MOVE 2 day practitioner training.