What is The Move Programme and how can it support you to gain functional mobility?
The Move Programme is a philosophy, a way of life for disabled children, and disabled people with complex needs; providing the personalised care and support they need to gain functional mobility, and increased independence.
Put simply, The Move Programme is a practice put in place so disabled children and disabled people with complex needs are supported to gain the physical and communication skills they need in order to:
- SIT to eat, participate in activities, education and eventual employment;
- STAND to increase strength, mobility and flexibility;
- WALK to participate in play or complete tasks, with and without support;
- TRANSITION from bed to chair or sitting to standing.
Integrated, collaborative care and support for disabled children and disabled people with complex needs
An integrated, collaborative approach to care and support for disabled people; The Move Programme offers a programme of learning whilst increasing functional mobility and independence through personalised care and support, positively enhancing the lives of disabled children and disabled people with complex needs.
With the support of everyone involved – from teachers and therapists, to family and friends – we can enable disabled people to achieve their goals; not only improving their physical and communication skills, but also their independence, social skills, and overall quality of life.
Matt Toms has been working for The Move Programme as a consultant, two days a week, for the past year and a half. Within his role at The Move Programme, he delivers two day training to schools so that they can implement the programme within their own school. He works as a consultant, going into schools to help support them in different ways, including suggesting strategies to help develop collaborative working with different professionals and parents, and also working with individual children supporting staff and giving ideas to try for school and home. Matt also conducts Quality Mark Assessments in various settings.
Matt has also worked alongside other professionals to develop The Move Programme through writing new assessment profiles and new training materials. Matt's role includes him working closely with other professionals in the local area, in the rest of the UK and also into Europe. Matt has also delivered seminars at events, including the Kidz2Adultz in Coventry recently and at the Move Conference.