Movement Method Live Workshops

Below are details on the Movement Method Workshops we offer as LIVE. If you would like to check out and participate in our ONLINE COURSES, please click here for details.

Horse Boy Learning Workshops are designed for parents who homeschool and those who wish to supplement their child’s learning in the home. We also welcome teachers and other professionals who are looking for new techniques to incorporate into their work. For those of you who are unable to attend a training in Texas we also offer webinars and phone consultations. Please click here for further information.

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“OK”, you might think: “it’s all very well you guys doing horse boy method out there in the country with your horses and all your animals, but what good is that for me here in the city?”

There’s an easy answer – a lot of what we do does not require horses and lots of green space. Sure, the horses and the wide open spaces are the ideal, but you can do a lot just by tweaking a regular city or suburban house and yard. Then you can apply the same learning modules we use here at New Trails to teach everything the kid needs to learn.

For more information on how and why Movement Method was developed and for an overview of the method please click here.

In this one day workshop we will cover everything from the science behind Movement Method and simple ways to include movement in your lesson plans to how to design specific activities based around a child’s interest. The cost of the workshop is $150 and the price includes a workbook to take home and a light lunch.

Movement Method 1 alone does not qualify you to become an Independent Basic Movement Method Mentor. You will also have to complete Movement Method 2 (details see below) and then follow through a Evaluation Phase. 

Upcoming Movement Method workshops

*Also this week Horse Boy Method 1, 2, Movement Method 2 (info below) & Stress Free Dressage

Travel & accommodation details for Elgin, TX

Workshop Schedule

This workshop is a mixture of theory, exercises and interactive demos. It will start at 9am and finish no later than 3pm with a break for lunch in the middle. A light lunch will be provided. If you have any dietary requirements please let us know well in advance so we can cater to your needs.

  • Theory: What is Movement Method
  • Theory: The science of learning
  • Theory & Exercises: The Physical Environment
  • Exercise: Transforming an Environment
  • Theory: The Human Environment
  • Lunch & Questions
  • Theory: Drop it, Do it, Confirm it – The Movement Method IEP
  • Interactive Demo 1: Rule Based Games
  • Interactive Demo 2: Academics
  • Interactive Demo 3: The Treasure Hunt
  • Theory: Self-Advocacy
  • Conclusions & Questions

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So many autism professionals out there apply what would otherwise be sound methodologies in a rigid and inflexible way resulting in heartbreak for parents as they grapple with whether or not they are doing the right thing by their child. This type of inflexible approach often elicits a fear of learning in the child or learning that does not generalize to other contexts. We created the Movement Method guidelines in direct response to this to ensure that anyone applying our methods, be they a parent, teacher or therapist/professional, will do so in a flexible, pressure free and child led way - thus optimizing their chance of success.

 

This two day intensive course will allow you to go more in-depth into the Movement Method guidelines in order to show you how to really set up not only the child but yourself for success. The cost of the course is $295 and the price includes a light lunch.

Participating in Movement Method 1 and Movement Method 2 qualifies you to apply to be evaluated to become an Independent Basic Movement Method Mentor.

Upcoming Movement Method 2 workshops

*Also this week Horse Boy Method 1, 2, Movement Method 1 (info above) & Stress Free Dressage

Travel & accommodation details for Elgin, TX

Workshop Schedule

This workshop is a mixture of theory, interactive demos, case studies, individual and group exercises. It will start at 9am and end no later than 3pm with a break for lunch. A light lunch will be provided. If you have any dietary requirements please let us know well in advance so we can cater to your needs.

Day 1: Setting yourself up for success

  • Re-cap of Movement Method 1 and course overview
  • Guideline 1: Self-Compassion
  • Guideline 2: Picking your Battles
  • Guideline 3: Trust the primary care-giver
  • Guideline 4: Follow the Child

Day 2: Setting the child up for success

  • Guideline 5: Attention & Eye Contact
  • Guideline 6: Humor
  • Guideline 7: Time for Innovation
  • Guideline 8: The Right Pressure
  • Conclusion & Questions

Dates available upon request! This course is not part of our regular workshop weeks.

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In this 5 day course you will not only hone your observation skills and learn how to create kinetic learning activities that are specific to a child’s interest and passions but you will also begin to develop a Movement Method IEP for one of more kids that you are working with by, under supervision, creating short and long term goals for them as well as drop it, do it, confirm it strategies to achieve these goals. Movement Method 3 involves the opportunity to work directly with children on the autism spectrum under the supervision of a Movement Method expert.

Workshop Schedule

This workshop is a mixture of theory, exercises and direct experience working with children. You will start at 9am and finish no later than 3pm on the first day and after that times will be confirmed on a day by day basis. A light lunch will be provided. If you have any dietary requirements please let us know well in advance so we can cater to your needs.

Day 1: Activity Planning

On day one you will be given information about the kids you will be working with over the next two days including their likes, dislikes, goals and current status. You will then, under supervision from a Movement Method expert, create games and activities for each of your assigned kids based around their interests. Day one will also include a tour of the kids zone and a shadowing tutorial.

Day 2: Playdates

You will either participate in one or two playdates and at at least one of these playdates you will be working directly with a child on the autism spectrum. You will be responsible for setting up the game for this child, actively shadowing the child during the playdate and making detailed notes of your observations afterwards which will be used as part of an interactive discussion on day 4.

Day 3: Playdates       

You will either participate in one or two playdates and at at least one of these playdates you will be working directly with a child on the autism spectrum. You will be responsible for setting up the game for this child, actively shadowing the child during the playdate and making detailed notes of your observations afterwards which will be used as part of an interactive discussion on day 4

Day 4: Boundaries

Day 4 will begin with an interactive discussion about your experiences over the past two days. You will share your observations on what worked and what didn’t and help us come up with next steps. You will also be introduced to our kid’s logs and will be expected to fill them out for the kids that you worked with. In the afternoon we will move on to discussing how and when to create physical and social boundaries for a child with autism and strategies to ease the transition when these boundaries are shifted.

Day 5: Goals and IEP’s

Day 5 will begin with a video going over the basics of how to set up an environment that is conducive to learning. You will then learn how to create your Movement Method IEP containing both short and long term goals for one or more children that you work with. You will get a chance to discuss with the group these goals and brainstorm ideas on how to achieve them.

The Long Ride Home

The long awaited sequel of the Horse Boy.

 

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