Movement Education and Academics
Pillars of The Movement School®
Students attend the core program as a full-time educational option. This program runs from 9am to 3pm five days a week (August through June) and fosters the development of functional skills which are so important to enhance the quality of life in our students with profound motor and other complex challenges. It encompasses all the needs of children with cerebral palsy and other movement disorders in a transdisciplinary program at one location. All
developmental areas are addressed: academic, gross and fine motor, speech, communication, social, emotional and self-help.
The Movement School® system architects a model of specific movement education pathways using accumulative advantage, compounding interest, and concerted cultivation to ensure the unification of the 5 areas of child development.
Unique to The Movement School® is the integration of movement education into all academic endeovors and activities, with the intent of enhancing motor-abilities in the realworld.
All students are encouraged to be as independently and safely mobile as their motor abilities allow. Mobility modes vary according to ability and include but not limited to canes, walkers, power wheelchairs, body scooters, and rolling techniques. In particular, students are not confined to wheelchairs for most of the school day. Instead, specially adapted seating is preferred for classroom activities. Students also participate daily in group movement program to further facilitate motor-skill development. Additionally, all students routinely benefit from assisted rides along the local Pinellas County Trail on specially adaptive bicycles.
The Architectural design of Movement education and Academics specially addresses the needs of each student and composes the correct frequency, duration, and time in order to make continued permanent academic progress. The Movement Education and Academic
program™ provides the options, access, and opportunity for every child to be able to engage with the world independently.
The academic curriculum uses the Common core standards in Math, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies. Students are provided access to all aspects of
the core curriculum which is adapted to suit individual special needs to optimize learning for each child. Students have access to augmentative & alternative
means of communication (AAC) and assistive technology (AT) applications.Development of social skills is also considered a key goal. Meal-times are social occasions in which all students participate regardless of whether they eat independently, dependently or via a gastric tube.
Students from two local middle and high schools periodically visit so that The Movement School® pupils have the opportunity to interact with all members of
their community. The students participate in a variety of activities, both indoor (such as the creative arts and music) and outdoor during trips to a variety of experiences with nature. This ‘reverse integration’ has been extremely successful and popular with both the visiting and The Movement School® students