Joye Newman, M.A.

Joye Newman, M.A.

Joye Newman is a perceptual motor therapist. Perceptual motor therapy (PMT) helps children and adults develop and enhance basic movement and learning abilities. In 1979, Joye earned her master’s degree in education and human development from George Washington University, with a specialty in perceptual motor development. Joye integrated studies in behavioral optometry, occupational therapy, and psychology into her graduate work and developed her own unique method of PMT.

Joye founded and continues to direct a popular organization called Kids Moving Company (KMC). She began KMC because she was concerned that many kids were not encouraged to move around at home and school—in fact, she found that many kids were discouraged from moving. She wanted to provide a place for children to move, play, and think in a developmentally appropriate environment. Originally, KMC offered fun and functional activities, PMT, and birthday parties for children in a studio setting. Today, the studio portion of KMC has been closed as Joye focuses on in-school programs, individual evaluations, and consultations with parents to help them understand how they can help their children become more confident and competent in everything they do.

Joye was a founding member and the original education chair of Washington Independent Services for Educational Resources (WISER), a co-founder of the Jewish Primary Day School of Washington, D.C., and an early childhood special-needs consultant for the Board of Jewish Education. She lectures on school readiness, creative movement, and perceptual motor development in her consultations with area preschools to help them develop and refine their movement programs. Joye lives in Maryland and has three grown children.

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