Wednesday, April 2, 2014

WHAT’S RIGHT IN EDUCATION





MeMoves™ is an easy and innovative way to increase a students attention and calm them in as little as two minutes.  A multimedia product that transforms the mind and body through interactive “body puzzles,” the program simultaneously engages a person’s auditory, visual, motor planning and sequencing, and limbic parts of the brain. Each MeMoves™ sequence is a patented combination of music, movement and images, utilizing simple, geometric shapes.  Organized into three categories; Joy, Focus and Calm, users select one of the 13 sequences on the DVD and follow along (imitate) the actions on the screen.

Monroe Elementary Occupational Therapist, Deb Krausse was one of the recipients of the Janesville Excellence in Education Foundation Grant this past fall.  Deb purchased 6 DVD’s of the software program MeMoves™

MeMoves™is a self-regulation program that can be introduced to a classroom environment, or a small group. Originally created for home use, the combination of music,  images and movements invites your class to participate in an activity that fully engages the mind and body.   The steady tempos, varied movements and intergenerational cast make MeMoves™ accessible to everyone. Six teachers have volunteered to use the software on a daily basis and take data to assess its effectiveness and success within the classroom environment.  These classrooms range from Early Childhood to 5th Grade, with only three of the six that are inclusive special education classrooms.


The results have been tremendous.  In the majority of the classrooms, students have learned to calm themselves, organize and focus better when the software is utilized.  Students state of alertness changed from higher energy to a level of attention and alertness needed for the classroom environment.  Our novelty seekers have appeared especially attentive to this software, focusing on the movements and motor planning skills it requires to perform the rhythmic patterns.  Each of the teachers has requested continued use of the software program for the remainder of the school year to continue with their students' success in the classroom.  

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