Kaplan student using sensory tools.Kudos to Rockland BOCES Jesse J. Kaplan student Keelin Burns!

Keelin, who typically participates in school activities from her wheelchair, has transitioned to a classroom chair for part of her day, where she can sit for more than eight minutes! Keelin has gained more independence through an innovative teaching program called MOVE – Mobility Opportunities via Education.

Our MOVE program combines therapy and education to teach children with physical disabilities and complex needs the functional skills of sitting, standing and walking. MOVE aims to give these children an opportunity to lead more independent, and therefore more fulfilling lives. For some children, this might be learning to hold their own cup; for others it might be learning to walk independently and having the opportunity to explore their environment.

MOVE uses a top down approach that focuses on activities that children are motivated to achieve, rather than on what they cannot do. In an initial assessment with the family, goals are determined and a time frame is set to achieve these goals.  The goals are then broken down into activities within which manageable and achievable targets are set.

Contact Rockland BOCES’ Jesse J. Kaplan School at (845) 627-4797 to learn how MOVE can help someone in your life. Every child deserves the chance to MOVE!