LifeMoves increases social engagement by allowing each individual to become engaged with others through an activity that creates a calm and attentive state.
- MeMoves can be done seated or standing with minimal room reconfiguration.
- A user does not need to be moving to be engaged in LIfeMoves. Our definition of participation is this: As long as an individual is not engaged in a different activity than the rest of the group when doing MeMoves, they are participating. It’s not about doing it correctly, or getting better, or learning a new skill.
- The less a leader (caregiver, therapist) interacts with the individual/ group using LIfeMoves, the more effective LifeMoves is.
- Do it together when you can. LifeMoves is a shared activity that helps the whole family or group (including caregivers) to become calmer and connect with one other. Research shows that when a group of people is engaged together in simultaneous shared physical movement, there are significant benefits leading to affiliation and collaboration.
- Use LIfeMoves at the same time each day for the first few weeks. This will prepare users (and their nervous systems) to anticipate and welcome the calming sequences. LifeMoves works well as a transition tool or priming activity. Many facilities or families use LifeMoves in the morning before daily activities, before activities of daily living such as bathing, meal time, and before bedtime.
- One way to use LifeMoves wrong is to have the individuals follow (imitate) a human leader instead of those on the program. What sets LIfeMoves apart is the consistency, reliability, and safety of the people on the screen. They provide the same, nonjudgmental, compassionate expressions day in and day out.
- You may notice some differences right away. Other changes may come after 4 to 6 weeks. After a month of use, reported changes include increased speech and language, eye contact, imitative behavior, collaborative behavior, and decreased negative and distracting behavior.
- If an individual is struggling with a specific movement or sequence, don’t immediately assume that they want (or need) help. Provide assistance (hand over hand) only if they ask for help. Otherwise, allow the user to engage in LifeMoves in their own, authentic way.
- LifeMoves is not a competitive activity. LifeMoves is not a game where users compete against one another. The emphasis has nothing to do with imitating the moves correctly, although many people will see a marked improvement over time. LifeMoves provides benefits to people of all ages and abilities, as it activates and supports a calm and attentive nervous system.