What do I need to run the Move to Learn program?
The DVD, Move to Learn, is designed to enable a parent, teacher or helper to run the Move to Learn program with a class or an individual child.
Each of the Movement Sequences is clearly demonstrated in an easy-to-follow-along-with manner and all important information is included.
The booklet, Ten Gems for the Brain, explains the program in simple English with lots of diagrams. It is also be easy to follow. It was designed to replace the DVD with a written explanation of the Move to Learn program for use in areas where a DVD player is not an option or for translations into other languages.
It doesn't explain why the program works, or provide the same depth of detailed information that the books provide, but it does explain how to do the program, and it is all you should need to run the program.
I am a teacher, can the Move to Learn program be done in my classroom?
Yes, definitely. The Move to Learn program is a simple, flexible program. It requires no equipment, and little space. You need only to move the desks aside to give each child space to lie on the floor. Alternatively, multi purpose rooms can be used, or the program could be run in the school yard on mats.
All you need is a copy of the Move to Learn DVD or the booklet, Ten Gems for the Brain to understand how to impliment the program.
Facilitators need little training or preparation and you only need to set aside 15-20 minutes a day. The sequences should be done daily, (or at least 5 days a week).
The program is suitable and beneficial for the whole class, including those who don’t appear to be struggling with learning. Research suggests there is usually a marked increase in focus and a decrease in behavioural problems in classrooms where the program has been used.
Some children may need further indivdual work or specialist treatment to address their problems fully, and the program will help to identify those children.
In my class, some of the children grasp the movements quickly, while others are slower. How should I deal with this?
The program is actually very useful as a tool to identify children who are struggling and need further help.
If a child is struggling and unable to keep up with the class, it may be possible that they could benefit from further investigation into their difficulties. Referral to other professionals, such as an audiologist, allergy specialist, behavioural optometrist etc., may be appropriate.
The slower ones (with the cooperation of their parents) should also be encouraged to do the exercises at home as well (with the aid of the booklet, Ten Gems for the Brain or the DVD).
Do the exercise until the majority of the class is able to do it properly, and then move on to the next exercise. It won’t hurt the slower ones to attempt the more difficult exercises along with the rest of the class, provided they are encouraged and not marked as failing. They will still need to work through the exercises separately at their own pace for full effect for them however.
The faster children can be given extra challenges to keep them interested, and it often works really well to have them work with the slower ones as teacher’s aides.
What equipment is needed to get started?
Are the movements suitable for all ages including adults?
Yes, they are. Based on the natural movements of babies and toddlers, they are effective for all ages.
Does this program help address primitive reflexes?
Close links have been identified between the inhibition of primary reflexes and the attainment of gross-motor milestones. Reflexes are often used as landmarks and measurements of CNS maturity. They play a vital role in survival for crucial periods but should then undergo inhibition or transformation. If this doesn't happen, Neuro-Developmental Delay, (the continued presence of a cluster of Primitive Reflexes above the age of 6 months (12 months at the latest), in combination with absent or under-developed Postural Reflexes above three and a half years of age) will often result. Some signs of neuro-developmental delay are:
Poor impulse control
Weak balance and motor skills
Weak posture, sitting position
Weak academic performance, organisation of work, copying from board
Obviously, these things will have a major impact on academic learning.
The Move to Learn program has included the inhibition of persistent primary reflexes as a core element in its program, addressing the underlying functional deficits that children with various difficulties have shown. The 10 simple movement sequences cover all the essentials that every child needs, and in the right order.
My child is a teenager, and desperately needs help, is the Move to Learn Program too young for him?
Certainly not. Many adults have done the program with great success.
It usually works best for teenagers and adults if they are involved in their own assessment. They can watch for and record improvements. Taking a leadership role, perhaps demonstrating for others or leading groups of younger children, can be a good motivator for teens - as can bribery!
I am an adult, will the program work for me?
Many adults have done the program with great success. It usually takes a little longer the older you are, the optimum time for these movements is during the pre-school years, but improvement should be possible with patient persistence.
Do you run workshops or Seminars?
Yes! We run seminars especially for teachers and also for parents and other interested professionals. Training seminars can be organised in your school or community.
We list upcoming workshops and seminars here, and also in our regular newsletter, the Missile. You can receive this electronically for free simply by registering on this website.
Do I need to buy a franchise or pay an authorisation to use the program in my school?
We don't put restrictions on where the program can be used, but what we do ask is that the copyright is respected.
We ask that our work isn't photocopied, cut-and-pasted into other works, translated or reproduced in any other way without our express permission, as income from the books & DVD is our only source of income.
In universities and teachers' colleges, we don't ask for a fee to include the program on the curriculum but we do ask that each student purchase a copy of our DVD and at least one of our books, and that copies of all the books are made available in the University Library.
Again, no photocopying or reproducing.
We don't sell franchises or offer exclusive territories because we want everyone to be able to use the program as freely as possible.
How can I become a Certified Move to Learn Practitioner?
You can read more about that here.