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.
MOVE sports day 2019
Due to having a total of 36 students on the MOVE programme at Henry Tyndale School, we decided to hold two MOVE sports days this year-one for the 18 older students on our main-site and one for our 18 younger students on our Early Years site.
Although we were fortunate to have dodged the showers during our first sports day we were not so fortunate on our second sports day, but rain did not stop play and we managed to hold it inside by using the dining hall and corridor!
Focusing on the theme of ‘The Fairy-tale of MOVE’, the students were split into groups of six to access three different activities, before all coming back together to tell the story of Sleeping Beauty using the large parachute.
Our three activities were-building houses for ‘The Three Little Pigs’, making gingerbread men and a Goldilocks obstacle course.
The students made wonderful straw, stick and brick houses for the little pigs and they cut out, decorated and ate gingerbread men while incorporating their MOVE targets. For example, they were given opportunities to realign their bodies after leaning to the left or right, while pulling straw out of a straw bale and rolling out dough.
Our Goldilocks obstacle course gave the students opportunities to use their imagination and physical skills whilst taking on the role of Goldilocks as they travelled through the bears’ house. They wore a Goldilocks wig, pretended to taste some porridge, explored hard, soft and bumpy materials and pretended to sleep in a bear’s bed, before being chased out of the house by a bear.
The final activity, the Sleeping Beauty parachute song, enabled us to all come together to have fun while using our body to tell a fairy-tale.
MOVE at the Circus - Summer 2018
The theme for this year's MOVE sports day was 'MOVE at the Circus.' The children were invited to dress up in line with the theme. Therefore we had a strong man, a ring master and numerous clowns. We took part in lots of races. We had a custard pie race where we got to splat some willing volunteers with a custard pie, a water race where we had to transport water from one end of the playground to the other, a dressing up race and we played a game where we filled the clowns trousers with some balls. As a reward for all of our hard work we gathered together to share a picnic lunch.