To explain the The Movement School’s philosophy, think of Physical Therapy (PT), Occupational Therapy (OT) and Speech Pathology (SP) as 3 positions on a professional football team: quarterback, linebacker and kicker. At some point a quarterback will work on throwing, a linebacker will work on tackling and a kicker will obviously work on kicking. All three positions being in the same sport consist of common principles until you start working on the specificity of each position, much like working the specifics of fine motor, speech, and gross motor. Just like each football position, there are common shared movements, so is the case with a child with disabilities, all three disciplines of PT, OT and SP, share a common developing approach of head to toe and proximal to distal with each movement building on the previous one, until the specificity of speech, fine motor, and gross motor need their specialties.
The Movement School provides the frequency, duration and time of the shared common areas of PT, OT and SP. For example, posture is the most shared, central and basic movement or action that begets all other actions. All actions are nested within other actions, for example, grasping with the hands and fingers is nested within reaching with the arms, which in turn is nested within the trunk, etc., ending with the shared action being the stable posture. Infants and adults need to maintain various postures to set up the necessary conditions for looking around, handling objects, holding conversations, or going somewhere.The Movement School works diligently to make sure these nested actions are sequentially obtained as occurs within the typically developing peers.