Supporting disabled children to gain greater independence

The Six Steps of the Move Programme


How will the Move programme support you to achieve meaningful, functional mobility and increase your independence?

By using a focused and intensive process of person centred planning, collaborative working, and personal goal setting, our mission is to ensure that every single one of the disabled children and disabled people with complex needs we support is able to achieve a series of practical, realistic goals; whether walking across a room unaided or sitting at a dinner table to eat with friends and family.

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Increasing your independence, one step at a time

We call this process the Six Steps of the Move Programme; created to support you in increasing your mobility, one step at a time.

These six steps are:

  • Step One – Assessment

In order to achieve meaningful, functional mobility for every one of the disabled children and disabled people with complex needs we support, an assessment should be completed with the whole team present. There are sixteen practical life skills that are measured as part of the Move programme.

  • Step Two – Goal Setting

Goal setting is probably the most important step. The goal must have a purpose and should be decided upon by the disabled person and their family. In this way, the goal is meaningful, and the disabled person is motivated to learn.

  • Step Three – Task Analysis

The next step for the Team is to work out which skills are needed to achieve the goal. For example, being able to sit in the passenger seat of a car will require the skills of sitting and moving in sitting. It is these skills that the team will then work towards at every possible opportunity in their daily life.

  • Step Four – Measuring the Support

In step four, the team will measure the support that the child currently needs to start learning the skills necessary to achieve the goal.

  • Step Five – Adjusting the Support

During this step, the team plans for the systematic adjustment of support over time. This process gives the child the opportunity to develop the skills required to achieve their goal with the minimum assistance and to the best of their ability.

  • Step Six – Teaching the Skills

Once the skills needed to achieve the goal have been identified, the team will draw up a plan which integrates these skills into every possible opportunity throughout the day. The child will then progress through the four stages of learning until they are able to generalise the skills and use them in all environments. All work done in step six must be continually linked back to step two to ensure that the specific goal is being achieved.

Our Move Practitioner training is available to anyone working with people who have physical disabilities and complex needs including; therapists, teachers, carers, and parents. It teaches how to implement the six steps of the Move Programme.

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