Course #8 MOVE Program


Wednesday- March 8, 2017

Course #8- Implementing the MOVE Program in a Variety of Environments to Improve Functional Skills

by Julie Sues Delaney, PT, MOVE International, Bakersfield, CA

About the Speaker
Julie Sues-Delaney
Julie Sues-Delaney, PT, is a Program Manager for MOVE International. MOVE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving children and adults with severe disabilities learn to sit, stand, walk, transition, and toilet (with dignity). Her role includes updating MOVE Materials, supporting MOVE Model Sites, MOVE International Trainers and MOVE Basic Providers nationwide, along with coordinating MOVE trainings.  She is a graduate of Northwestern University in Chicago with a BS in Physical Therapy. Julie’s early professional experiences include: director of physical therapy departments in acute care hospitals, development of a clinic for children with Cerebral Palsy, and practicing in an out-patient clinic. Once moving to Michigan she spent 5 years working in developmentally delayed adult group homes.  Then spent the next 15 years working in a center-based preschool program in Grand Rapids, MI.  Julie is an APTA certified clinical instructor and worked with Grand Valley State University Physical Therapy Program providing internships during this time.  In her present role she has presented at National APTA conferences, regional educational conferences and has taught MOVE trainings internationally. Disclosure: Financial- Julie receives financial compensation from MOVE International. Nonfinancial-There are no nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Target Audience (who should attend): Physical & Occupational Therapists, Special Education Teachers, Resource Room Teachers, General Education Teachers working with special needs students, School Psychologists, Social Workers, Case Managers, Speech-Language Pathologists, Principals/Administrators, Instructional Assistants, Instructional Assistants and Paraprofessionals

Target Age Range: Birth to 21 years

Course Description: The MOVE Program is a gross motor   program that provides a framework for working with individuals with multiple impairments throughout life.  It uses a six-step process from baseline evaluation to teaching of the skills through functional, meaningful activities that are already present in the individual’s typical day.  Within the program is a data collection system to track the individual’s progress.  This course will look at how to bridge the gap from a classroom setting to the community to enable this population a fuller and more active role in society.  Some of the environments are: public rest rooms, restaurants, community parks, extended family member homes and entertainment arenas.  A main goal of the MOVE Program is to help individuals with multiple impairments gain access to everyday environments.

What You Will Learn
Course Objectives– Participants will be able to:

  • Explain the MOVE philosophy and the research behind the program
  • Describe the six steps of the MOVE Program
  • Demonstrate how to bridge the MOVE program from the classroom to the community
  • Describe how to create community experiences in the classroom
  • Explain how to select appropriate equipment to use in the MOVE Program
  • Demonstrate how to execute an upright brief change
  • Explain how to use the MOVE Program in any environment


8:00-9:00 Overview of the MOVE Program
9:00-10:00 The six steps of MOVE
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-11:00 Implementation of MOVE in community settings
11:00-12:00 Planning a community based MOVE activity: Hands on session
12:00-1:00 Lunch- On your own
1:00-2:00 Equipment used in the MOVE Program
2:00-2:45 Upright brief changes: Hands on session
2:45-3:00 Break
3:00-4:00 MOVE in any environment: Hands on session
4:00 Complete program evaluations