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Move to Learn November, 2014 Missile

Introducing  our newest Move to Learn Practitioner!
Louise Weavers        

We are very excited to have Louise on our team. She has been an invaluable support for many years, doing amazing things with Move to Learn in Thailand but has only just decided to be a practitioner.
     Louise is a Physiotherapist who has a lot of experience working with pre-school, infants and primary school age children with learning difficulties. Her focus has been on the area of paediatric physiotherapy looking at normal movement development and especially how it impacts on learning and language development.
     She also uses Rhythmic Movement Training, (another neuro-developmental approach that works specifically to integrate primitive reflexes), and is trained in "The Listening Program", (an auditory integration program). Listening problems and movement problems often go hand in hand to make reading, writing and understanding in the classroom difficult.
     Louise has been instrumental in publishing the first edition of “Moving Mountains” (a Thai language version of “Ten Gems for the Brain”), and after a number of years working in Thailand has recently relocated to the United States.
     For more about Louise, click here.  
 
And also a new 'phone-friendly' website!

Yes, we're moving with the times. We're hoping that you will all appreciate the changes here - and we are happy to receive all feedback and suggestions.
Same address: www.movetolearn.com.au

Move to Learn Seminar in Paris!
Dominique Giansilj, one of our South Australian practitioners, has just returned from running the first ever Move to Learn Training Seminar in Paris, France.
     It was a great success, and we're all thrilled that the program has been introduced to a new part of the world and received with excitement.
     Well done Dominique! 
Meanwhile, on other international fronts, Louise is facilitating a certification in the United States and Joyce Moi, in Malaysia, is bringing our first Training Certificate applicants through the process of certification there. There are plans for further training in the United States next year with Evonne Bennell, and talk of a conference in Poland!
     And back 'home' Jenny Cluning in Melbourne, Clare Crew in Adelaide, Winsome Richards in Perth and Evonne Bennell in Sydney have been busy with seminars for parents and teachers. 
     You can find details of upcoming seminars and our practitioners on our website.

*Clare will be presenting a workshop in Adelaide on November 7,
*and Jenny will be presenting one in Melbourne on November 18!


News fro Winsome in WA:

In late August I began the Move to Learn program with an 8 year old girl who has learning difficulties. 
We spend 30 to 45 mins on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons after school and 2, 15 minute sessions before school on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. In all approx. 16 hours to date.
Whilst doing unilateral flip flops I had to help move her legs or head. 
(I offered and she chose) She was unable to keep her body in a straight line and her head would always curl to the left.  We placed her favourite teddies either side of her head to give her a visual reminder that her head needed to be in the centre line until this issue was overcome and after that I usually only guided her legs with light touch.
Gradually her confidence and ability to move independently has grown and only 3 weeks ago she said I will try it on my own now. 
2 weeks ago we began cross-pattern flip flops and after the 2nd session she quickly dressed herself for school doing up her buttons for the first time. She was so proud of herself.
Her balance has always been extremely poor and she watches other children (including her younger brother) ride their bikes without training wheels and wants to be able to do the same. 
Today as she was in the middle of doing 300 cross-pattern flip flops (she decided on this number) she began to sound out her spelling words. Her visual memory has been quite poor and so for her to do this was amazing. Her eye tracking has greatly improved as well.
Shortly thereafter she stood up and balanced for 20 seconds on her right foot and 11 seconds on her left foot and 7 seconds on her right foot with her eyes closed. Later in the evening she managed 23 seconds on her left foot (eyes open). Prior to commencing the move to learn program she could balance for 5 seconds on her right foot and 2 seconds on her left foot and with her eyes closed it was impossible on either foot.
We try to do up to 300 flip flops in a day and this day she managed 165 before school and 300 after school. One delightfully determined young lady who will succeed.  
 We still have a way to go.
Winsome Richards 
Move to Learn Practitioner 
Co-Chairperson 
I along with  6 highly experienced teachers from all level of education make up the  Move to Learn in WA Team and  we are currently planning to hold a Seminar in Perth on 20th March 2015. 

Words from the wise:
A discussion about Rolling:
Question about rolling from Joyce Moi:
i am often asked what floor space they need for rolling and how many laps. As many of my kids live in apartments, my suggestion is minimum space is the length of a single bed mattress and at least 3 sets forwards and backwards. Is this an acceptable response for these participants?

Reply from Julia Dive:
Short answer: Yes that is a reasonable response to the apartment situation. 
I tell teachers that if the only space they have is between the desks then as long as they can roll from their back to their back then they can repeat those moves and its better than nothing. Of course rolling over distance has its advantages.
In an apartment situation , if it's a child, Mum and Dad's double bed would be good rolling platform - as long as they don't roll off!  Or even along the length of their own bed.
The thing about multiple rolls is that you can see if they are rolling straight and a good body rotation is clearer. 
The bottom line is it's better to roll backwards and forward on the spot then not roll at all. However the greater the distance the better - and probably more fun.
The number of laps depends, as always, on dizziness at one end and boredom at the other. I think it would be great to build up to 20 ish rolls but 3 is a good start provided there are no issues.
Sounds like Joyce is doing a good job of adapting the Move to Learn to the apartment situation - and adaptability is one of the joys of the program!!


And back from Joyce: 
Julia, thanks for your reply. Fyi, in my practice, I have found that children with tracking issues will begin to go off track even over the short distance of a single bed lengthwise. Parents have reported that tracking improves as their child is able to roll straight in both directions.

For more about rolling, have a look at Julia's article, 'So You Think You Can Roll', on our website.

Lastly...
... our Face Book page.
There has been lots of interesting activity on our page lately. Here's one question that was put to the group: 

Hi Jini, 
All is going VERY well with the Move To Learn and my 4yr old son!
I wanted to thank you for making the program available to people who
otherwise could not afford it. Here in the U.S. materials for specific
exercises just aren't available, and the pricing for NeuroDevelopmental
Programs run upwards of $1000. I had been looking for these exercises
since March of this year, and I thank God that I ran across your company
somehow. Everyone can see the differences in my son: he is talking
better, his comprehension has increased dramatically, he is socially
interacting better, motor skills have improved, and I could go on. And we
are only on exercise #3! 
I have a question though. When I introduce a new exercise, he seems to go
through a few days of bad behavior and hyperactivity. Is this normal or typical?
Many Thanks, 
Esther

For the responses to this question, please visit our group page.
http://www.facebook.com/groups/129147560493563/
 




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