Topic outline

  • Sherborne Therapy

    Sherborne Therapy
    Sherborne Developmental Movement is an approach to teaching and working with movement that is both 
    accessible, especially by people with minimal movement experience, and yet relevant at a very 
    sophisticated level.

    This approach based on the philosophy and theory created by Rudolf Laban (Pioneer and founder of 
    Modern European Dance and movement analysis) was devised by Veronica Sherborne after having worked 
    closely with Laban for 2 years. Staff at Ysgol Pen Coch have been trainied to teach Sherborne 
    Therapy and run sessions for the Foundation Phase and Key Stage 2. Pupils are recommended by staff 
    or parents as benefitting from this type of therapy. It has proved particularly useful for groups 
    of ASD pupils as well as groups of pupils with PMLD.
    There are two basic objectives within Sherborne Developmental Movement:


    Awareness of Self
    This is gained through movement experiences that help the person concentrate so that they become 
    aware of what is happening to their body, listening via touch and by feeling of inner physical 
    sensations rather than by our usual way of looking and thinking. This helps lesson self-criticism 
    and allows people to grow in terms of self-esteem and confidence both a physical and emotional 
    level.

    Awareness of others
    The next step is to begin to learn to move around and interact with others in ways that encourage 
    the further development of trust and the building of positive relationships. These movement 
    experiences enable the person to be appropriately supported while being encouraged to explore their 
    unique creativity through shared movement activities.

    Benefits of using Sherborne Developmental Movement: develop good self esteem, form positive 
    relationships
    improve emotional and physical literacy
    extend and improve communication and creative expression
    build learning power, challenge thinking and increase problem solving
    create pathways for inclusion; enable differentiated, productive engagement leading to positive 
    achievements
    address provision of the Children and Young Peoples Rights to Action and the National and 
    Foundation Stage curriculum
    support professional development, team building, extend leadership and management expertise


    Staff and pupils from Ysgol Pen Coch helped produce a training DVD for the Sherborne Therapy
    Association.