The mission of the motor programs at the Spiral Movement Center is to provide families with high-quality somatic programs for children, teens and young adults with special needs. All our programs encourage creative exploration, group interaction and trust between all participants. We want to provide a safe environment where people with special needs can strive to reach their highest potential.
These motor programs have been praised around the world for their simplicity, effectiveness, and creative humanistic focus. Our programs are built around small classes where students are given strong individual attention. We believe that all children with special needs have unique ways of perceiving, acting and expressing themselves in the world . Our teachers work with a child’s creative strengths and not with their weaknesses. This philosophy often leads to levels of progress that many parents are initially surprised to see in their children.
The original teaching techniques and groundbreaking rehabilitation services are beginning to be recognized world-wide. Our programs have been implemented by the Positive Education Program in the United States, by community centers and schools in Canada, and we are slowly developing a network of trained teachers.
These programs are based on the PINU principles for special needs education:
Progress— Every child with special needs is capable of achieving great progress within their unique abilities
Interest— Good education begins with awakening a child’s interest in their own bodies and capacity to feel and move
Need— All our programs strive to meet the practical and immediate needs of families of children with special needs
Unity— We believe children learn best when they are encouraged to form strong, loving social bonds with their peers and caregivers