Purposeful Movement

Purposeful Movement

The student in Movie 1 DOES NOT have purposeful movement at the time it was filmed. She later learns to have purposeful movement in movie 2. Notice that in movie 1 I am TEACHING her and PROMPTING her to move her foot, showing her what I want her to do, and what that motion would feel like. Although she moves a lot in Movie 1, she doesn't move ON PURPOSE.

This is the COGNITIVE ability to move purposeful in the environment. He or she may watch an object as it moves, move a hand to touch an object, or back away from an object. This does not include instinctual or non-purposeful movement, movement that "just happens" without the person deciding to do it, such as laughing, startling, and "jerky" movement that his or her body does by itself because the person has cerebral palsy.

Example of an IFSP goal for a infant with Deaf-Blindness incorporating purposeful movement:

Sally will track [move her eyes to follow something] her mother's hand as she moves a favorite toy slowly back and forth. [Sally is mildly visually impaired, and the doctor says that she can move her eye muscles well]

Example of an IEP goal using partial participation: Sally will Show an understanding of purposeful movement by purposefully using her hand to examine a new, tactically interesting toy given to her in 8 out of 10 trials.

Example of a transition goal:

Billy will show an understanding of purposeful movement by opening his mouth when food is touched to his lips.