Visual Motor Integration

Visual Motor Integration

The Visual Motor Integration (VMI) programme at The Grove was developed as a means to balance the increasingly sedentary lifestyle of the modern child.

It is a child’s “job” or “occupation” to play to develop physical coordination, emotional maturity, social skills to interact with other children, and self-confidence to try new experiences and explore new environments.

VMI

The VMI programme is a body movement programme which affords the learners this opportunity through structured play activities. Classes are run by a qualified Occupational Therapist

All Foundation Phase children attend a half-hour session once a week. Classes are broken up into four smaller groups and rotate through stations on a 4 week program.

During this time teachers are given the opportunity to freely observe their pupils in non-academic situations.

Teachers witness and observe learners strengths and weaknesses in foundational skills.

This enables them to make more holistic evaluations and if necessary referrals to relevant therapies.

Some interesting links between their performance in the classroom and during the VMI programme have been observed, e.g. children who struggle with balancing activities also appear to be more distractible in the class.

VMI in action

Stations incorporate skills such as visual tracking, balance, postural stability, midline crossing, bilateral integration, feeling one’s body moving through space, sequencing, calming and sensory input to name a few.  
Besides developing physical aspects, the social development of the children is enhanced through having to work co-operatively, share, take turns, evaluate and respond in a responsible and self disciplined manner.
The programme will remain in flux and develop with the children in accordance with their needs. Both the teachers and the children have found it to be an exciting, rewarding and very valuable experience.