WHAT IS PMP?
PMP is a programme which aims to develop the child's perceptions and understandings of himself or herself in relation to her/his world, through movement/motor experiences. It aims to develop perceptions of height and space, the pattern and order of the child's natural world, the laws and limitations that govern the human body. Above all it aims to give the child confidence to manipulate him/herself in their world to suit her or his own best interests. PMP is seen as part of the programme of total experiences. It is not a physical education programme alone, or music, or fitness, or dance, or gymnastics. It is a programme that uses facets of all of the above in order to develop children's perceptions. The perceptions and judgments that are formed over time help determine how children react to their environment, to others, and to new ideas.
- PMP is different because it aims to develop the child rather than the skill. It is not purely a motor programme. It is a perceptual motor programme where language is the key factor in providing the perceptual knowledge about the motor experience. The programme has its roots in the development of language, the gaining of problem solving skills, and general readiness areas.
The Perceptual Motor Programme (PMP) is a step-by step programme, designed and individualised for the development of PERCEPTUAL KNOWLEDGE and JUDGEMENT.
Perceptual knowledge/judgement comes from physical and sensory experiences that are repeated over and over. The perceptions that are formed over time help determine how children react to their environment, to others, and to new ideas.
When this is well developed, consequential reactions are more likely to be appropriate for any given situation. When it is not, it can impede learning. Children with common problems such as inattention, day dreaming, wandering, laziness, clumsiness, and disruptive behaviour are often those with a poorly developed "perceptual world." These children risk becoming frustrated and stressed which can shut down their ability to concentrate and comprehend.
A consistent and varied "diet" of physical and sensory experience is the key to developing perceptual judgments. The greater the store of experiences the better developed the perceptions and motor reactions. And when those perceptions and reactions become automatic, the brain is free for higher thinking tasks.
In short, refining perceptual judgments prepare the brain for learning.