Greenwich schools involved in the MOVE programme have been awarded plaques in recent weeks. On Monday 1 October we visited a school on the Greenwich Peninsula near the O2 to see one of the presentations.
Star of the show was six-year-old Destiny Makuntima, a pupil at Millennium Primary School, at John Harrison Way, Greenwich. The MOVE programme has helped him manoeuvre himself out of his wheelchair to enable him to sit with on the floor with his friends.
MOVE stands for Mobility Opportunities Via Education and is an internationally recognised activity based programme originally developed in the United States.
The Greenwich Move Programme is a scheme to support children with a physical disability in mainstream schools. It is being run in collaboration between our Adult Community Services, the Royal Borough of Greenwich and the charity MOVE Europe.
A number of Oxleas members of staff have worked with Destiny and other children. Rod Hough, a Therapy Technician based at Goldie Leigh said he has worked closely with Destiny. He said that he and his colleagues have trained teachers and Destiny's mum Georgette to help Destiny get himself out of his wheelchair. Destiny said that he can now do much more that he used to and enjoys learning while sitting with his friends.
MOVE uses an inclusive approach involving the whole environment around a person, including education, therapy and family to teach severely disabled children and adults the skills of sitting, standing, walking and transferring to the best of their ability. (Transferring is the ability to move oneself, for example from a wheelchair to a toilet or car.) In turn this can help to develop their cognitive and communication skills, and it can also improve health and social inclusion.
Central to the MOVE Programme is the participation of the child's entire care team, including family members, professional carers, teachers, learning assistants, therapists and anyone else who acts in a supporting role. Through this goal-orientated approach involving meaningful skills, the team is able to work to targets chosen by the individual and/or their family, thereby enabling performance to the best of the individual's ability.
"Greenwich is blessed with inspired individuals leading the programmes in the special schools at Willow Dene and Charlton, which have become regional centres of excellence. The message as to what benefits are available for children with disabilities on the MOVE Programme in Greenwich, in terms of social inclusion, independence, dignity and enhanced movement and learning opportunities came across strongly. Our aim is to reach the same standards of provision for children in mainstream schools."
To find out more about the Greenwich MOVE Programme, contact John Connelly on 020 8311 5419 or email@example.com