Now is the time to say goodbye?

For personal reasons, and a mind on other things, it is over a year since I posted on this blog and this posting will probably be my last.

Blogs are personal things and not necessarily there for others. I started the blog over ten years ago, when I was still working in the National Library of Conductive Education and keen to keep the world of CE informed about events, publications, and news in the field. Since my departure in 2009 I have tried to maintain this, despite limited personal resources and time. Keeping the Virtual Catalogue and the World Map up to date has been a real challenge!

The Internet does not seem to have helped CE, just allowed the spread of wrong facts to increase along with the acceptance of such information. If its on the Internet it must be true! There is very little criticism or investigation into these facts and such online sources of information seem to be used more and more as references in written works.

Now I think is the time to stop, for the following reasons:

 Only one or two people have noticed my recent sporadic postings and over the years, very few people have responded to them anyway. 

Many of those I have tried to help have not always expressed thanks, or let me know how they have got on, leaving me feeling unsure that carrying on is worthwhile or useful. 

The Conductive Education field has not changed, there are still very few articles or new books of consequence. Very, very  few people seem to want to share or develop the literature. Online sources of information seem to be used more and more as references in written works.

Conductive Education seems to have lost its mojo. It seems that those working in it have accepted this, allowing its dilution to occur without challenge.

All this makes me feel that my knowledge and work is now redundant, as well as myself, but I still have hope that things may change in the future, and Conductive Education will become better recorded and a real academic subject. 

I end on a more cheery note by asking you to listen to Peter Cook and Dudley Moore singing ‘Goodbye!’

Air, food, experience and Conductive Education

Today a very interesting, personal piece written by Judit Szathmary, a very experienced conductor and service provider, has gone up on Facebook . It is the November issue of her Digest  and she gives the link from her website for technical reasons.

She writes about air, food and experience and how these things interact with, and are part of, Conductive Education. Do read it and see life from a different perspective.

Conductive Education for those with cerebral palsy after school age

Whenever I get a request for information which I cannot supply or put the enquirer in touch with someone who can, I feel disappointed.

Today I had such a request for a list of places offering CE to teenagers/adults with cerebral palsy. Whilst many centres and conductors do work with adults (but not necessarily those with cerebral palsy) as shown on the Where Conductors Work map,

it is not known if those with cerebral palsy are included under their adult umbrella.

I would like to ask all of you who do work with teenagers/adults with cerebral palsy to let me know so I can add you to the currently very short list I have.

Introducing Conductive Education to Nigeria

Tünde Szarka has posted some photos on her Facebook page showing her work with children in Nigeria.

Tunde has been to the Cerebral Palsy Center in Lagos before, but as far as I am aware this is the only such work in that part of Africa. Practice has been ongoing for some time in South Africa at the Sizanani Children’s Home but I do not know of any other.

If anyone knows any more please get in touch.

Fifty years since András Pető died

Yesterday Andrew Sutton posted about a piece about the anniversary of  András Pető’s  death from a Hungarian newspaper.

This morning I have been trying to find the source of the quote that was used as it was one I had not heard before.

TOMORROW IS AP'S BIRTHDAY11 September „Nem kézzel kell segíteni, hanem szívvel”[You should not help with the hand, but with the heart']A very nice aphorism in the run-up:

Posted by Andrew Sutton on Sunday, 10 September 2017

I was not successful in finding that, but did find that an English translation of the article is available if you put the Hungarian article into Google translate.

I will keep an eye out for any other items on the subject.


A new book on Conductive Education

A new book on Conductive Education has been published independently by a conductor.

Written in English, Person-focused Rehabilitation: Exploring the Psychosocial Field of Conductive Education by Laszlo Szogeczki is now available on Amazon for Euros 23.43 and consists of 122 pages.

The posting about the book  states:

The Person-focused Rehabilitation, the psychosocial tools of Conductive Education (CE) will be a great interest to clinical psychologists, health psychologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, counsellors, physicians, rehabilitation nurses and rehabilitation service providers along to CE professionals. Service providers experience how important psychosocial factors are and this book, in part, shed light upon a model which can support the way of rehabilitation of people with physical disabilities and improve patients’ individual well-being and it is signifying to use more emotional intelligence strategies in rehabilitation.

New titles on Conductive Education are few and far between and it will be interesting to find out more about this one.  I am about to order a copy.

More Entries in the Virtual Catalogue of Conductive Education

Here is another selection or items found recently on the Internet, some new, some not.  A mixture of types too.

An exploratory study of the rehabilitation of physically disabled adults in a group setting with particular reference to Conductive Education
Laszlo Szogeczki

In memoriam dr. Dévai Júlia

Conductive Education
journal article

Vanhempien ja lasten troimijuuteen konduktiivisessa kasvatuksessa
Sanna Uotinen

Vertaisrhyhmä CP-vammaisten Lasten Kuntoutuksessa
Sanna Uotinen

Memorandum submitted [to House of Commons Select Committee on Education and Skills]
Cerebral Palsy Care

Conductive Education; a new approach to teaching function skills
Ester Cotton

Is Conductive Education becoming an umbrella term like cp?
Judit Szathmary
Blog posting


All these can be found in the virtual catalogue on Conduction’s website.

If you know of any new items [put up, please let me know.

Some sad news today

Today I heard about the death of Margit Balogh, former Librarian at the Peto Institute, from cancer.

She became Librarian of the Institute in 1992 and brought new life and systems to the  Institute’s collection. In a chapter written for the recent book on Dr Hári (Balogh and Dezsőné, 2014) she describes her work there under the watchful, interested eye of Mária Hári, who encouraged her  to update the procedures, re-organise the stock, and develop the use of computers,  making its holdings  more accessible.

Margit also edited the book Mária Hári and her conductive education in 2007.

In 1993 I visited the Institute and met with Margit.  We communicated through an interpreter as I knew no Hungarian and she no English, but it was an interesting meeting as we talked about the unique sources on Conductive Education held in the Institute and the beginnings of the Library I was establishing for the Foundation for Conductive Education in England.

Margit did retire some years ago but today’s users of the Library owe her a large debt for all she did for the collection, and Conductive Education.

Today is a very sad day.


Balogh, E and Horváth Dezsőné, (2014) Emlékkönyv, Hári, Mária 1923-2001. Budapest: Pető András Főiskola


New Conductive Education training in Germany

I have heard today that the degree course at Nurnberg is all set to start up later this year in September at  Evangelischen Hochschule Nürnberg ( . For the past few years work has been going on to get the course organised and receive the necessary Ministry approval and it seems that has been obtained.

Students  will become  graduates with a BA ,  specializing in Conductive Support.  A degree just for Conductive Education is planned for the future.There is no mention of who will be teaching the course or exactly where practice will take place, it will be somewhere in Europe, I think – my German is very rusty! I would be grateful if someone corrects me if I have misunderstood anything.

Further information can be found at!/show/5/studiengang-heilpaedagogik-mit-fachrichtung-konduktiven-foerderung-ab-2017-in-nuernberg/


Any recent journal articles on Conductive Education ?

I have been doing a little hunt round to see how many journal articles on Conductive Education have been published in the last five years. I did this once before, when I  found five articles of note, see


This time my search revealed more, as you can see below:

KELEMEN, A., and others (2013) In vitro fertilization and cerebral palsy; the Pető Institute experience. Practice and Theory in Systems of Education, 8 (3), pp.231-238.

NOVAK, I., and others (2013) A systematic review of interventions for children with cerebral palsy: state of the evidence. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 55(10), October, pp. 885–910.

HERSKIND, A., and others (2014) Early identification and intervention in cerebral palsy. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 57(1), January, pp. 29–36.

HORVÁTHNÉ, K. S.,and others (2014) Doktori kutátosok a Pető intézetben [Doctoral studies at the Pető Institute] Iskolakultura,12(4) pp. 20-34

SCHENKER, R. and SUTTON, A.  (2014) Researching Conductive Education. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 56(4), April, pp.402-403.

ABBASKHANIAN, A., and others (2015) Rehabilitation interventions for children with cerebral palsy: a systematic review. Journal of Pediatrics Review, January; 3(1):e361. DOI: 10.5812/jpr.361 Published online, 20 January 2015.

ORAVECZ, A. (2015) A Pető Intézet Integrációt segítő mindennapos tevékenysége itthon és külföldön. Különleges Bánásmód, I(4), pp., 49-64

BEK, J., and others (2016) Conductive Education as a method of stroke rehabilitation: a single blinded randomised controlled feasibility study. Stroke Research and Treatment, Published online 2016 Jun 23. doi:  10.1155/2016/5391598

SCHENKER, R., and others (2016) Is a family-centred initiative a family-centred service? A case of a Conductive Education setting for children with cerebral palsy. Child care health and development, (42) 6, November, pp. 909–917. [Abstract only]

2016 also brought the publication of a new online journal by the PAF, Tudomány és hivatás, producing two issues so far

It is worth noting that the two systematic  reviews  only referred to CE briefly, concentrating on other systems.

All items are entered in the Virtual catalogue.