Movement matters

Young Girl With Habilitation Specialist

Our movement matters service provides training to help blind children and young people in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales move around safely and independently.

Movement matters also teaches important life skills such as handling money and preparing food. For children with complex and additional needs, movement matters can provide a tailored programme including body awareness, wheelchair mobility, use of remaining vision and more.

Sighted children learn by watching others; children with a vision impairment often need to be specifically taught skills and concepts they would not otherwise pick up. Movement matters provides personalised training and support in mobility, orientation and independence skills from babyhood to adulthood. These are the skills that will help a blind child to do things like reach for a toy, make a snack, and develop their listening skills.

Our movement matters training unlocks possibilities – helping children and their families to understand that sight loss does not have to be a barrier to reaching their potential.

Guide Dogs' movement matters services include:

  • assessments to establish a child’s or young person's needs
  • mobility and independence skills training
  • advice and support workshops for parents and carers
  • practical work with friends, family and professionals to support children and young people with a vision impairment

These vital services are delivered by our qualified habilitation specialists, who work shoulder-to-shoulder with other professionals for example: speech and language therapists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists and other organisations including local authorities.

We also work with personal budgets and, where appropriate, may provide services directly to families.

Habilitation Services for Children and Young People with Vision Impairment clearly sets out what habilitation is and how is it provided.

Our Summary of the Quality Standards (QS) for the delivery of habilitation training to children and young people with vision impairment will give you an introduction to what habilitation involves, together with the knowledge, understanding, skills and strategies that a trained habilitation worker needs.

Information for commissioners and service planners on Habilitation Services for Children and Young People with Vision Impairment is also a valuable resource.




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“Shyam is now capable of finding his way independently throughout the school, and has become much more outgoing and sociable with peers and teachers.

Outside of school, we’re building his confidence in busy public places using path finding techniques and learning routes as well as developing life skills such as coin counting and decision making.”

Paul, Habilitation Specialist for 10 year-old Shyam