We are excited to announce a new classroom resource:
The Move to Learn Movement Program Demonstration Video.
Designed as a demonstration tool, this new video resource can be downloaded to a computer or put on a USB stick. Teachers can then easily bring up a video example of the movement the class is working on. Each of the movements can be accessed separately. There is no sound or background teaching instructions to distract, so that the children can concentrate on their teacher’s voice, but titles are available in English, Polish and Japanese.
As there are no instructions on the new video, it will only be sold in conjunction with training. It will be a standard part of the training package, (along with a copy of Ten Gems for the Brain), that a participant receives at an official Move to Learn Training seminar.
Our present DVD, Move to Learn, can also be used for demonstration purposes but, while the movements are demonstrated on this DVD, there is instruction throughout the presentation. This DVD was designed as an instruction video for teachers and parents rather than as a demonstration tool. It can be very useful for teachers because it points out what to look for - but not so effective as a demonstration for students.
So we have produced this new video resource, following the latest edition of Ten Gems for the Brain.
While this new resource will not be available on the website to the general public, it can be purchased by any who have attended a Move to Learn training seminar and have a copy of the latest edition of Ten Gems for the Brain. Just contact me in the office: firstname.lastname@example.org
* FOR A LIMITED TIME: If you have attended an official Move to Learn Training Seminar, and have a copy of our DVD, as well as a copy of the latest Ten Gems for the Brain, you can receive a copy for FREE!
UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
We have released a new 2018 edition of Ten Gems for the Brain! We endeavour always to keep up to date. There are only a few small changes in this new edition that have been added to last year’s edition, but we encourage everyone to ask for their complimentary updated copy. It’s yours! All you need to do is ask. If you haven’t received an update in a while, you will be excited by the new additions.
Check it out!
SYDNEY CONFERENCE - AUGUST 2018
Our Sydney Conference is coming up in August, and we are all excited about this. This year’s focus is on sports. We’ve had feedback that it might be easier to get our program into some schools through the sports faculty rather than through special education. Not wanting to miss an opportunity to get this program out there so that all children can benefit, we are happy to look into that. Many children with developmental delay experience difficulty in sports performance. This can rob them of the joy and social benefits of participation in healthy activities with their peers. The Move to Learn program can help. It can also help talented athletes to reach a greater potential.
Watch this space for more on this topic after the conference.
RESEARCH & ARTICLES
Reflex Movement, Creative Expression and the Role of the Arts in Alzheimer’s
By Maria Simeone, Teaching Artist
What does the creative expression of music and dance have to offer those
suffering from Alzheimer’s? Why teach primitive reflexes as creative dance
and musical expression as a nonclinical approach to healing? And who
best to guide the process?
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Interventions for Dyslexia and Learning Differences In the Early Years and Primary Sectors: A Movement Approach
By Mary Mountstephen MA (SEN)
Mary Mountstephen, a UK based Move to Learn Practitioner, is an Associate Member of British Dyslexia Association and a Member of Professional Association of Tutors of Students With Specific Learning Difficulties. She is also a qualified practitioner of The Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology, specializing in the field of Neuromotor Immaturity and in the use of movement programmes to address underperformance and underachievement academically in students aged 4-11.
Currently she is involved in researching how targeted physical programmes may contribute to improvements in classroom performance for children in the early years and primary age with learning differences. She is exploring if it possible that some physical programmes can exert measurable impact on classroom performance and the extent to which students are able to improve functioning in specific areas and cope with more complex processes without the need for accommodations such as software and occupational therapy resources?
Current Small Research Project
Treehouse School in England is a small independent primary school that charges no fees and focuses on providing an education that focuses on ‘nature, nurture and nourishment ‘. Mary is currently working with the school to determine whether the daily implementation of the Move to Learn programme will assist in terms of improving aspects of development, matched against performance.
Read more here.
From Winsome Richards in WA!
Winsome and her amazing team of associates continue to get exciting feedback. This was received recently:
“I will certainly be keeping you and SKAMP in mind for any children that come my way with learning difficulties. I can see your programme is very good but I also think it is very empowering for the kids and their families to have something they can practice at home that is going to help them. There is nothing like helping yourself in the healing process.
I will be referring the little boy I was seeing last year to you. He has multi-sensory processing disorder, eyes as well as ears. He also lacks body tone and has very little core strength. His walking gait is all over the place and floppy. I feel sure he will benefit immensely from the Move to Learn program. Seeing you once a month and doing the program at home will probably work well for this family.”
Winsome has also been working with a friend of hers since 16th Match who has been diagnosed with Dementia with Lewy Bodies. She is 67. She had been walking with a shuffle and had given up on tennis as she was unable to serve or move around the court. She also had to give up her drivers’ licence.
The doctors said there was nothing that could help her.
“I said I would work with her twice a week and then our 81 year old friend said she would learn what to do and help twice a week as well. I said well even if we have a good laugh as we roll around the floor it has to be better than nothing.”
Along with Move to Learn, Winsome gave her some RMT and a number of other arm direction and cross pattern exercises. Her friend has an exercise book in which she writes down the exercises that she does each day focusing especially on rolling slowly (“she was unable to do this when we started and in a short time her balance improved greatly”).
Laurie, a new MTL trainee and fitness instructor, and a physio also each visit her at home once a week.
Winsome shared a recent update on her friend with us: “She emailed me last week to say. Guess what!!!!! I can do same side flip flops AND opposite flip flops and have played tennis 2 weeks in a row- yesterday did 2 aces the lady was not impressed”.
Way to go Winsome!!
Julia Dive has been receiving similar feedback from her senior’s group in NSW. If you’d like to know more about our senior’s program, have a look at our latest e-book, Ten Gems for the Brain, the Move to Learn Movement Program for all Ages
From Cecil Burton, Move to Learn Practitioner in Japan:
“My Early Intervention Program (EIP) at the Japanese KG is up and running full steam ahead. It uses the MTL movements as its core and is supported by various other aspects of my ACE (Activity, Communication and Exercise) program that I have developed here. We started in May 2017 and have seen tremendous improvements in the students.
I have also been coordinating the Saturday School at the German School in Kobe. The new German Principal was interested in expanding the programs and services that the school offers to kids and came to observe me conducting my EIP program. He was impressed with the benefits it offers the students and has given me the green light to implement this new kind of program at the German School. So from September when the new 2018-2019 school year begins we are introducing a new program where movement will be the key factor. It will revolve around the Move to Learn program movements and my ACE program, including other activities like music, song, dance, arts, crafts, etc. all based in English but Japanese will also be used so that all children will be able to join and understand the program. There is no program like this being done anywhere in Japan so it is something very original and very supportive in that it helps to establish the cornerstones and foundations of learning for children and enables growth in both learning and behaviour.
Great to have an ever growing team out there with increased skills to help kids!
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