MOVE TO LEARN is an internationally established and recognized provider of a range of information, services and products to enable people to overcome learning difficulties.
Barbara Pheloung, the founder of Move to Learn, has spent over 35 years gathering and developing techniques which have helped thousands of children to go on to complete their education and achieve high standards of literacy and numeracy. Together with her colleagues, she has developed the Move to Learn Movement Sequences, which have been used extensively around the world with exciting results and have been adopted by a growing number of today’s professionals, specializing in areas like LD, ADD, ADHD, Autism, Aspergers and Physical Disabilities.
THE IMPORTANCE OF MOVEMENT
Much preparation needs to occur before a child is ready for effective academic learning, and most of it occurs through the natural movements and play common to all children. First we learn to roll, then to creep on our tummies, then to rock on hands and knees, then to crawl – and all the time we are learning and preparing ourselves to learn. We are progressing through important developmental stages. Our muscles build strength and co-ordination, our eyes learn to focus and we become integrated and ready to take on more complex tasks such as learning to read and write.
But what if, for some reason, one or several of these developmental stages are missed? What if a child doesn’t spend enough time rolling or doesn’t crawl? What if a child reaches school age and they do not have all the building blocks of learning readiness in place?
The bad news is that these skills build on each other, and if a foundational skill is not acquired, the resulting ‘gap’ can compromise the entire learning structure. The child may struggle with expected age appropriate physical skills and the conduction of messages in the brain and the nervous system will usually be inefficient and slow, making academic learning more difficult. Many struggle to keep up with their peers and most do not achieve to the level of their natural capacity.
The good news is that these developmental stages can be addressed at any age. If a child is having difficulty at school, sometimes simply guiding them through these developmental milestones again (or perhaps for the first time) can help them fill in the missing gaps and become ready to learn academically.
Move to Learn has developed a simple movement program for exactly this purpose. It is designed to help children acquire the skills they need in the natural way and order that they were originally intended to be acquired – through movement.
The program requires little in terms of training, space or equipment and takes only 15 minutes a day, five days a week. It can be done with an individual, a small group or with a whole class, and statistically significant results have been seen to occur within 2 to 3 months.
This program is demonstrated on the Move to Learn DVD and outlined in ‘Ten Gems for the Brain – the Move to Learn Movement sequences’.