"Students who present with challenging behaviour and movement difficulties are often defined by what they cannot do rather than what they can do" (SAQ International 2009). As a response to this belief, SAQ international developed a training programme, Special Education Movement (SEM), for students presenting with challenging behaviour and movement difficulties based on a system of progressive exercise and instruction aimed at developing fundamental motor abilities, balance, co-ordination and ultimately better control of body movement.
The SAQ/SEM training programme involves the teaching of selected motor skills (speed, agility, and quickness), employing the same techniques and protocols used by professional athletes. The programme is suitable for all students and is particularly beneficial to students with ADHD, Dyspraxia and Dyslexia.
Since 2009, the NBSS has provided SAQ training to PE teachers from 48 partner schools. Teachers were provided with the practical skills necessary to develop and improve co-ordination, balance, agility, mechanical efficiency and strength with individual and small groups of students.
SAQ SEM also provides practical instruction on how to teach and integrate the 6-part SAQ Continuum into PE lessons, sports sessions and outdoor activities for students with movement and behavioural difficulties.