What Is MeMoves and MoreMeMoves?
Nancy Lawton-Shirley, OTR: An Important Program in Clinic and at Home
MoreMeMoves Sample Sequence
Each sequence is a patented combination of music, movement, and images, utilizing simple, geometric shapes. Organized into three categories: Joy, Calm, and Focus, users select one of the video sequences and follow along (imitate) the actions on the screen as they are able. It’s not about learning a new skill or doing each movement perfectly, but being engaged in the activity, which for some, might mean simply rocking back and forth.
The program’s compelling multisensory design sets up the nervous system for calm chemistry and active, alert attention, resulting in emotional regulation and behavioral change. In addition to immediate benefits for self-regulation, the program delivers consistent outcomes observed after regular use over four to six weeks. These include increased speech and language, eye contact, imitative behavior, processing ability, motor skills, socialization and organization, and a significant increase in collaborative behavior.
Released in 2010, MeMoves is now used in more than 5,000 school districts, therapy centers, hospitals, and homes across the United States and Canada (with roughly 80% used in mainstream or neurotypical classrooms), the programs may be used as an early childhood program for children as young as three, although they appeal to a wide range of ages and
Released in 2017, MoreMeMoves complements and expands upon the original MeMoves program with new music, twelve new sequences and dozens of new, smiling faces ready to greet individuals and classrooms.
MoreMeMoves has more content (50 minutes compared to 36 minutes in MeMoves) and a larger cast of happy faces (MoreMeMoves consists of 50 different people of all ages, while MeMoves includes 40), combined with all new music and over a dozen new movements. For those already using MeMoves, MoreMeMoves’ sequences were designed to integrate seamlessly with those found in the original program.
Regardless of age or ability, using MeMoves or MoreMeMoves for just a few minutes each day decreases stress, improves mood, and enhances one’s ability to focus.