If you have participated in Movement Method 1 & 2. Read below to find out what you need to do to become a BASIC Movement Method MENTOR. 

  • When a Practitioner has completed all requirements for the Independent Basic Movement Method Mentor he/she can advertise that he/she is offering one-family Movement Method Sessions. Please see our advertising guidelines for details.
  • Completed Movement Method 1 AND 2
  • Contact us for detailed list on requirements for videos and child case studies.

Basic Movement Method Mentor Evaluation Phase

In order to complete your certification you need to go through an Evaluation Phase ($225 for online participants - included for live course participants). When you apply for the Evaluation Phase we will create a DropBox Folder for you. In this folder we will load two Excel sheets for you. One will guide you through the requirements below, the other one is a year end report that we request from each Practitioner. As you go through your Evaluation Phase you simply need to tick off the requirements you have submitted and fill out all checklists in the Excel sheet. Please also upload all videos into your DropBox folder. 

Here is an overview of what we will be requesting from you:

Videos to be submitted:

We will evaluate you on your environment and how you have implemented Movement Method within your environment and how you interact with the children according to the Horse Boy Guidelines. All videos will only be evaluated if they are within 10 seconds of the requested time and proper equipment and safety gear is used.

  • Physical Environment Video 1: Environment
    A 1:30 video of kids playing in your Movement Method environment. Must include an explanation of how you have ensured the environment is as natural as possible and free of bad sensory triggers such as fluorescent strip lights.
  • Physical Environment Video 2: Sensory
    A 1:30 second video of kids interacting with the good sensory triggers in your Movement Method environment. Examples could include running water, small animals, mud, sand or gravel.
  • Physical Environment Video 3: Movement
    A 1:30 video showing and explaining how you use movement based activities to promote learning. The video cannot include the horse unless you work with a certified Horse Boy Method Practitioner. The video must also show you taking advantage of other forms of movement such as walking and other equipment such as swings, trampolines or a wheelbarrow.
  • Learning 1: Rule Based Games Video
    A 1:30 video showing and explaining how you introduce a child to a rule based game. Please do not use tag or hide and seek but come up with another game (unless you have a genius new way of playing these games).
  • Learning 2: Basic Math
    A 1:30 video showing and explaining how you introduce a child to a basic mathematical principal such as counting, adding, or shapes
  • Learning 3: Basic Literacy
    A 1:30 video showing and explaining how you introduce a child to a basic literacy principal such as colors, letters, word recognition, handwriting.

Case Studies

  • Human Environment Case Study 1: Letting go of control to set yourself up for success
    Discuss with your assigned Movement Method Adviser which family might be suitable for this Case study. Think of families that currently needs empowerment and needs to learn to trust that they are the expert for their child and that they are absolutely capable of making the right decision for their child. This could be helping them deal with family members, stand up for their child's rights in front of therapists or the schools IEP meeting etc. Case study should include the story of the child, current status, goals for parent to feel more empowered, steps to reach those goals and outcome.
  • Human Environment Case Study 2: Set the child up for success (Child 1: low functioning)
    Discuss with your assigned Movement Method Adviser which child might be suitable for this Case Study. For the selected child please write a one page report on the selected approach, how you implemented it. Please include the story of the child, pre Movement Method status (life skills/academic skills), goals for the child, steps to reach those goals and outcome. Through out your report please include how you involved the parent every step of the way (from start and choosing the right topic and approach to goals and outcome). Please also include what obstacles you encountered and how you resolved them. We especially value reports that include a certain amount of self-evaluation in which you may have identified a weakness or deficit in your approach and resolved that before continuing with the child's program. Please choose a case where you had to be flexible, where you had at least a few times set up your games or activities and explain how you abandoned your agenda to follow the child's need in this minute to avoid pressure. Explain then what your next steps were to still over time encourage the child to participate in an activity or how you had to adjust your activity to keep the child's interest.
  • Human Environment Case Study 3: Set the child up for success (Child 2: medium to high functioning)
    Discuss with your assigned Movement Method Adviser which child might be suitable for this Case Study. For the selected child please write a one page report on the selected approach, how you implemented it. Please include the story of the child, pre Movement Method status (life skills/academic skills), goals for the child, steps to reach those goals and outcome. Through out your report please include how you involved the parent every step of the way (from start and choosing the right topic and approach to goals and outcome). Please also include what obstacles you encountered and how you resolved them. We especially value reports that include a certain amount of self-evaluation in which you may have identified a weakness or deficit in your approach and resolved that before continuing with the child's program.
  • Human Environment Case Study 4: Set the child up for success (No Pressure/Flexibility)
    Discuss with your assigned Movement Method Adviser which child might be suitable for this Case Study. For the selected child please write a one page report detailing a situation that arose where you struggled to get the child interested in an activity you had planned for them. Please include the child's back story, the goal of the activity you had planned and why you planned the activity the way you did. Please also include how long you spent trying to get the child interested in your activity, what strategies you used to try and get the child interested in your activity and at what point you moved on to another activity. This report should also include what activities you planned for the child's next two sessions, how you changed your strategy for the follow up playdates considering the child's reaction to the initial activity and how the child reacted to these next activities. Remember this case study is intended to show that you are not putting undue pressure on the child and that you are flexible and willing to change your approach as and when it is needed. 

Testimonials/Letters of Recommendation

Each testimonial must include phone number and email from parent and authorization of parent to be contacted by Horse Boy staff to clarify potential questions. Horse Boy staff retains right to ask you for additional testimonials if we find the parent does not understand Movement Method principals enough to endorse your Movement Method activities.

  • Testimonial of parent from Case Study 1
  • Testimonial of parent from Case Study 2
  • Testimonial of parent from Case Study 3
  • Testimonial of parent from Case Study 4

Letter of application

  • Write a one page letter explaining why you want to be a Movement Method Mentor, what you have learned so far from Movement Method, the parents and children you have worked with, and other MM or HBM certified mentors/practitioners you have worked with and learned from.
  • Write a one page letter evaluating your strength and weakness, these could include general big picture thinker but not interested in detail, wanting to push own agenda on parents rather than trusting their advice, competitive with other team members rather than cooperative, inflexible approach rather than wanting to learn from others. We are asking you to submit this because it will help you to evaluate what your strength and weaknesses are and help you figure out what team members you will need to think about adding in the future to optimize your services.

 


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