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.
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.
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