M.o.v.e. is for everyone - including adults
Although the MOVE Program was started for children, it has proved highly successful with any age individual with multiple disabilities. MOVE for Adults started with a pilot study at Chesapeake Care Inc. in Maryland back in 2004. MOVE is all one program from toddlers to geriatrics. There are adult day programs across the US that have incorporated the MOVE Program.
Whale Watching Adventure
Deanna Bandy is a very social and fun loving lady. She is a talented artist and enjoys drawing. This picture is from a whale watching trip. There was a pod of whales swimming along side the boat. Deanna loves animals and also likes listening to music. Quite often you will find her singing along to the radio.
When Deanna began attending Smith Center Adult Day Program she joined the MOVE program. In the beginning, she was a bit scared and resistant about using the Rifton Equipment. The staff, along with the physical therapist, worked with Deanna daily to form a trusting relationship. Deanna remained a bit apprehensive but eventually she was willing to try to use the equipment, once she understood all the benefits that came along with being involved in the MOVE Program. In preparation for this staff started with just asking Deanna to help in her personal care needs.
The physical therapist started working with Deanna on sitting upright on the edge of a mat table. Staff began to incorporate this into her daily routine. As Deanna's ability to sit upright increased staff provided less and less support. Deanna is now able to sit upright unsupported for short periods of time and she is also able to sit in a Rifton Activity Chair with minimal prompts. Deanna has created many of her beautiful drawings while sitting in the Rifton Activity Chair with the tray attached. She also enjoys working on activities and having her lunch while sitting in the Activity Chair.
Soon Deanna was using the Rifton TRAM to help elongate and stretch her body and hips. This was performed by assisting Deanna into the Rifton Tram with the saddle prompt as a sling, under the guidance of the physical therapist initially. Deanna's face lit up as soon as she was raised to an upright position. She was so happy to be at eye level with the staff and some of her peers. This was a brand new experience for Deanna. Soon she was able to spend longer periods of time in the TRAM as her body adjusted to it. She loves strolling throughout the building and visiting with her peers and staff while she's in the TRAM.
Spending time in the TRAM has become something that Deanna truly looks forwards to every day. Deanna has greatly benefited on many levels from being involved in our MOVE program.
Submitted by: Tammi Czarnecki
Center for Disabilities - The Smith Center