The six-week balance, education and movement programme is split into three blocks of graded activities, where the emphasis is on achievement and fun. It is easily organised and run by school staff and requires minimal equipment – the majority of what is needed can already be found in schools.
Early screening using BEAM ensures prompt identification of children with balance and movement difficulties.
Research has shown that co-ordination and balance are necessary for children to develop classroom skills, such as the ability to sit still, to concentrate and listen, eye contact and tracking, as well as hand-to-eye co-ordination.
BEAM is suitable for most children. In Reception Year, BEAM can be used for the whole class in place of PE for six weeks. By following clear instructions, you will quickly become confident at recognising which children will benefit from improving their movement skills.
Our BEAM protocol – part of the programme – offers advice on children who do not make the expected progress; the six-week course enables you to identify children who require appropriate therapy advice.
If you have any questions while carrying out the BEAM programme, please contact your local paediatric physiotherapy team.