Mobility Opportunities Via Education (MOVE)
What is MOVE?
MOVE is a top down activity based
curriculum designed to teach students basic functional motor
skills needed for adult life in home and community environments.
It combines natural body mechanics with an
instructional process designed to help students acquire
increased amounts of independence necessary to sit, stand and
walk in a safe and supportive environment.
MOVE is designed to help families,
educators and therapists work together towards goals specific to
the child’s needs and in return, moving people with disabilities
from a restrictive environment to a more inclusive lifestyle.
MOVE is designed to help families, educators and therapists work together toward goals, specific to the child’s needs and in turn, moving people with disabilities from a restrictive environment to a more inclusive lifestyle.
MOVE at Adelaide West Special Education Centre
Since implementing the program in 2009. Over 20 students have completed an assessment profile and are working towards goals specific to their needs.Students practice sitting, standing, transferring and walking skills during functional motivating activities throughout the course of the day and while on excursions.
These functional motivating activities include:
- Walking on the jetty to go fishing
- Chasing the seagulls
- Walking to access the playground
- Walking on ice at the Ice Arena
- Sitting in a supportive chair to explore a very messy sensory based activity
- Sitting on the carpet with friends to listen to a story or play music
- Having a beauty treatment session in a salon chair
- Walking down steps to access the pool at Novita
- Being in an upright position (using a walker to support them) to dance to music
- Standing (while being supported) to water the garden
Jackie Butler travelled to the USA in 2010 and returned as a MOVE International trainer. Jackie has since provided Basic MOVE Provider training sessions to families, educators and physiotherapists throughout South Australia. Please contact Jackie if you are interested in knowing more about the MOVE program or training.
Adelaide West Special Education Centre Dedication Day Monday 6th August 2012
Students, families, staff and invited guest joined us in celebrating Adelaide West Special Education Centre in becoming a MOVE Model site. It was a wonderful opportunity for us to share the positive impact MOVE has had for our students and their family’s lives. MOVE International guests include Patti LaBouff (MOVE International Trainer and physiotherapist), and David Schreuder (former Executive Director of MOVE International) Sharon Carthew (mother of Declan) and Matthew Beard (father of James) talked about MOVE from a parent’s perspective. They both agreed the MOVE program has given their child a new lease on life. Matthew mentioned that James enjoys riding horses and playing the piano. Sharon stated that Declan is so much more independent - he loves to walk to the kitchen and help her wash the dishes. Nicolette, one of our students, said in her speech, “MOVE has had such a positive impact on my school and home life. I’m now able to sleep over at my grandparents’ house because they no longer have to lift me as I can assist with my own transfers.” We are very proud to be an internationally accredited MOVE Model Site, enabling us to make a real and valued difference to the lives of our students and their families.