While sighted children watch others to develop their skills, children with a vision impairment often need extra help establishing some concepts – and Movement Matters helps them do exactly that.
Habilitation (orientation, mobility and independence) training for children and young people
Habilitation is the process of helping children and young people with a vision impairment to achieve as much independence as possible in their daily lives. The delivery of habilitation training is the responsibility of your local authority.
It’s generally best to start habilitation as early as possible, with orientation and mobility training provided continuously as the child or young person grows up and encounters new situations. By building on their skills, they’ll gain the independence to move through life with confidence.
How can Movement Matters help my family?
Movement Matters encompasses a wide range of services and information, including:
- Training to help children and young people with a vision impairment (CYPVI) move around safely and independently
- Life skills training such as handling money, preparing food and managing appearance
- Advice and support workshops for parents, carers and professionals, such as Parent Guidance Days
- Tailored programmes including early motor skills, sensory development, body awareness and wheelchair mobility for children with additional and complex needs
- Group sessions, such as living skills workshops, Early Years sessions and sensory groups
As well as training, we can help you understand how to support your child, who is visually impaired or partially sighted, in school, at home and beyond. We’re also on hand to provide resources that can help you manage meetings with professionals, as well as signposting you to any other relevant support services or collaborative partners.
Each of these services are delivered by our qualified Habilitation Specialists, who work to achieve desired outcomes alongside other professionals such as:
- Qualified Teachers of the Visually Impaired
- Speech and Language Therapists
- Occupational Therapists
Movement Matters empowers families, helping children and their loved ones understand that vision impairment need not be a barrier to reaching their potential.
On the night Nell Sutton was born, when visitors had gone home and the hospital ward was quiet, mum Rachel whispered a promise to her new-born baby girl.
"It was just me and her, and I promised Nell that she would be able to do whatever she wanted to do."
Frequently asked questions
Learn more about Movement Matters
If you’d like to find out more about how we work together with families, carers and professionals to develop children’s vital movement, orientation and independent living skills, download our Movement Matters leaflet below. Note that Children and Young People’s services differ slightly in Scotland and Northern Ireland – please download the Movement Matters leaflet most relevant to you.
Learn more about habilitation services, the people who deliver them and what mobility training involves in our downloads below.
Habilitation Services for Children and Young People with Vision Impairment - what habilitation is and how is it provided (pdf 591.67kb)
Summary of the Quality Standards for the delivery of habilitation training to children and young people with vision impairments (pdf 2.18mb)
Delivery of habilitation training for children and young people with visual impairment (pdf 459.03kb)
Information for Commissioners - Habilitation Services for Children and Young People with Vision Impairment (pdf 437.48kb)
Family Focus Report Northern Ireland - summary (pdf 55.60kb)
Family Focus Report Northern Ireland (pdf 1.13mb)