What Is MeMoves?

Nancy Lawton-Shirley, OTR: An Important Program in Clinic and at Home

MeMoves Sample Sequence

MoreMeMoves Sample Sequence

MeMoves is not like any other program.

MeMoves is a patented system containing a series of short (3 – 5 minute) video sequences designed to quickly and effectively calm the nervous system and build a bridge to the social world.

Drawing in part from relational neuroscience, MeMoves is the first program to operationalize research into the polyvagal theory of trauma, the social pain overlap theory, mirror neurons and emotional contagion, audiovisual synchrony, rhythmicity, and social connectedness.

Each video features people of varied ages and ethnicities, combined with music, patterns, and movements written and designed specifically for the program; without using any speech or language. MeMoves is not about movement or learning a new skill, but simply being engaged in the activity, which might mean rocking back and forth or remaining still to watch a sequence.

MeMoves was released in 2010 and is now used in more than 10,000 school districts, therapy centers, hospitals, and homes across the United States and Canada.

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.