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Therapeutic Model

The developmental model we use can be visualised in a pyramid with strong foundations supporting function, cognition and academic performance at the apex.


Developmental Model

At MoveAbout Therapy Services, all of our therapies are shaped by our belief in the strengths of a developmental approach to addressing functional difficulties. Whilst the goals of our therapies are to improve performance in everyday activities, school activities, and social and emotional functioning, our therapists typically support children to develop areas lower in the developmental pyramid that form a basis for higher level functioning as well as targeting the skills the child requires.




Therapists at MoveAbout Therapy Services are trained in the techniques of DIR®/Floortime™ which is used as one of our primary frameworks for encouraging social, emotional, and intellectual development in The six DIR® levels.children with developmental challenges.

DIR® is a developmental framework that provides therapists, parents, and educators with tools and intervention strategies to work with children with developmental challenges. This model builds foundations for social, emotional, and intellectual capacities in a developmental order. Importantly, the DIR® model considers the Developmental steps each child must master for social, emotional and intellectual growth alongside the Individual differences inherent in each child's biological makeup and uses the Relationship with caregivers, therapists, educators and peers to achieve growth through the developmental levels.

Floortime™ is the implementation of DIR® in practice, a term that was coined in the idea of getting down onto the floor with young children to work at their sensory and developmental level. Floortime™ describes a systematic way of working with a child to help them climb the developmental ladder. This allows parents, therapists, and others interacting with these children to draw the child's attention to more appropriate sensory stimuli whilst engaging in an affective interaction.

Sensory Processing and Sensory Integration Therapy

Performing actions can be seen as a circle including sensory input feeding into development of a plan of action and execution of the plan, receiving further sensory input to monitor, modify or complete the plan.

Sensory processing refers to the ability to take in information from our senses and organise this information for functional use in everyday life. The senses include not only touch, sight, sound, taste, and smell, but also include the sensations of body awareness, position and movement. Effective sensory processing supports a child to take in the right amount and type of information, and to integrate the information from the different sensory systems into a meaningful picture of the world, the self, and the activity. This information then allows a person to make an effective plan of action. As the person performs the action, the sensory systems provide feedback about their performance.

In our clinic, we can create opportunities for enhanced sensation - opportunities for sensory experiences that are beyond the experiences available in everyday life. Through these experiences and activities, the child and therapist negotiate and modify activities to continue to challenge the child and encourage continued growth.