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An educational company providing resources for teachers, therapists, and other support staff focusing on collaboration and intervention strategies for preschool and school age students.

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Evidence-Based Movement in the Classroom

Debra Em

Welcome back to school everyone! I’ve enjoyed meeting all of you who attended the Grand Rapids and Muskegon workshops last week. I loved Muskegon’s ad campaign… Watch mUSkeGOn. Watch us go! For S’cool Moves, we could change it around a bit and say, “Watch us move!”

I’ve been connecting with the groups focusing on dyslexia and trying to understand why they have a problem with movement-based learning techniques for children diagnosed with dyslexia. One dyslexia “expert" has gone so far as to call Brain Gym and all movement-based learning programs snake oil.

The reason the dyslexia groups are so opposed to movement-based learning programs is because of the claims many of them make. It is really important that if we advocate for movement in the classroom, we are very clear what type of movement we are advising and not make claims about movement healing dyslexia and other learning challenges.

Yesterday, a friend sent me a news interview with a woman calling herself a neurodevelopmental specialist. She provided on-air information about sensory processing that was very inaccurate. She did not have any credentials to support her expert status and consequently is providing schools and parents with misinformation. In fact, her website claims to heal dyslexia in six weeks!

S’cool Moves movement techniques are grounded in solid research. Everything we do is backed by the best evidence-based practice we can find in peer reviewed journals.

Rigorous research does not support:

  1. Claims that any specific movement technique heals dyslexia, ADHD, or other learning disabilities
  2. Claims that movement alone will “fix” reading challenges without reading intervention, as in an Orton-Gillingham reading program

In order to keep moving forward, we must maintain a level of professionalism that is beyond reproach from those who doubt the value of movement to support children in the classroom.

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I use the metaphor likening movement and the brain to tossing a pebble into a stagnant pond. When the pebble hits the water, the water begins to change and become alive with energy.

S’cool Moves uses movement techniques borrowed from the occupational and physical therapy fields. Specific therapy-based movement has the POTENTIALto create ripples of energy and over time, change the way the brain responds to physical and mental tasks.

Let’s be very careful and conscious of the claims we make about movement and be sure to refer anyone who has doubts about its value to our website/research section.

I want to hear what you think… please reply to my post and get the conversation started.

Thanks for all you do for children,