Month: August 2009

Final issue of RACE journal now available

When the journal, Recent Advances in Conductive Education, edited by Andrew Sutton and myself, was started in 2001, it aimed to publish original research and facilitate continuing professional development for conductors and everyone with a concern for Conductive Education worldwide. Over the last eight years it has strived to do this.
As it has become more difficult to obtain material for publication and the practicalities of putting an issue together more arduous, it was decided, reluctantly, to finish the run with volume 7 number 2. A detailed explanation of this decision is given in the editorial of this last issue.

This has now been published. It was due out in December 2008 but due to unforeseen circumstances, has been delayed until now.

The final formatting and technical production was completed by Elliot Clifton, and Andrew and I went into the National Institute of Conductive Education (as it was open on Friday morning) and copied, stapled and finished the production process. All those with subscriptions should receive their copy shortly.

The contents consist of an editorial, two articles and two book reviews as follows:

Editorial

Articles

Reflections upon conductive upbringing A pedagogic essay – Susie Mallett

Abstract: In the English-speaking world since the late nineteen-sixties, the term ‘Conductive Education’ has largely displaced the concept of ‘conductive upbringing’ (English translation of the system’s Hungarian name), with unknown effects upon how this work is perceived. Drawing from her personal experience as a trainee-conductor at the Peto Institute in Budapest, at the start of the nineties, the author describes the total conductive upbringing that Hungarian children and conductors shared there, the children being brought up by conductors largely apart from their families. Foreign children experienced a different, less total regime that parents soon sought to export home. Drawing then upon her subsequent, experience, working as a conductor in Germany, she presents the principles of her goals on developing her own practice for conductive upbringing, as total as what she knew at the Peto Institute but family-based rather that institutional. Three case studies describe a to-date eleven-year involvement with one family of a child with cerebral palsy and a much shorter, intervention, of one year, with another. In the third, the term ‘conductive lifestyle’ is suggested as more appropriate than ‘upbringing’ when speaking of adult work, and a to-date twelve-year involvement with the life of a lady who has had a stroke is described.

Management report: Conductive Education programs in North America – David C. Dvorak

Abstract: Development of Conductive Education services across North America has been driven by parents of children with motor disorders seeking to establish Conductive Education programs local to their homes. During 2006-7, some fifty programs were found in various listings. Only thirty were found to be operational, twenty-five of which responded to brief enquiry on the management challenges that they experienced. Center administrators’ responses clustered mainly in five areas, finance, conductors, overall management, leadership and marketing/publicity. Respondents also offered suggestions as to how these issues might be addressed, helping in the creation of a Management Report on Conductive Education Programs in North America.

Reviews

Eva Beck – Feladatsorok a konduktív nevelésben – reviewed by Tunde Rozsahegyi

Nia Wyn – Blue Sky July – reviewed by Gayle Westcott

The end of something is always a mixture of sadness and celebration and the three of us involved in the journal over the years feel both in equal measure. Sad that its the last issue, and pleased to have finally completed it. I would like to convey the editors’ appreciation and thanks to Elliot who helped so much in a voluntary capacity with all the technical bits we did not understand.

Perhaps the journal may be restarted in the future or replaced by another publication – we shall have to wait and see.

Anyone interested in purchasing a copy of this issue or any of the previous issues, should contact Melanie Brown at the Foundation for Conductive Education mel@conductive-education.org.uk

Visit to Paces Sheffield

After visiting the Conductive Education Centre in the new Forest, I received an invitation to visit Paces in Sheffield, Yorkshire. I have now been and had a very interesting and informative day out. I must admit to not looking forward to the drive up the M1 motorway, but the day was sunny and the traffic reasonably light.Paces campus is set in the countryside north of Sheffield in a 5 acre site. It was originally a comprehensive school which had closed and Sheffield Council invited Norman Perrin and Karen Hague, to look at the site in 1996. Norman and Karen are parents of children (now young adults) with cerebral palsy who had been to the Peto Institute in Hungary and wanted to set up Conductive Education services near their home. It was offered to them at a very small rent. They took it on a short lease of three months which was extended and lasted 12 years. In January 2009 they were granted a 40 year lease.
http://www.looklocal.org.uk/detail.php?id=1241Most centres offering Conductive Education deal with that exclusively or offer other therapies too, but Paces is very different. It was decided that the site would not just be a home for Conductive Education services but be community led, the services would be a part of something else. The partnership with others meant the site would be managed jointly and it was hoped the different groups would grow and interlink. Paces campus, as it is known, is now an inclusive community and business hub which specialises in business development, children, disabilities, sports and art and is used by a variety of groups.

Now the site is managed by the High Green Development Trust. All 14 groups using the buildings are members of this and involved in the management, development and promotion of the site. The lease is held by the Trust which can issue licences to use the building and charge the rents that are used to pay for the management of it. Membership organisations are broadly charitable but private companies are not excluded by the terms of the lease.

Conductive Education services

In 1997 Sheffield Council paid for four children to attend and this has developed into Paces High Green School for Conductive Education led by Gabor Fellner. Services for 0-18yrs and beyond are offered and include the following programmes during school term dates:

Parent and child programme for 0-5 years. Sessions are offered Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings and Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons .

School placement aged 5-11years. 9.00-300pm, 5 days per week.

School placement aged 11-18 years. 9.00-3.30pm, 5 days per week.

A young adults group which has sessions throughout the year, so this was the only group in action the day I visited as it is now the summer holiday for schools in the UK. On Wednesday the four participants had prepared and eaten their lunch with their conductor, Emma, and were happy to welcome visitors into their group.

Staff

There are 5 permanent conductors who work with the children and they organise the academic curriculum according to the National Curriculum, modified where necessary based on needs. Norman and Karen are still active in the running of the centre.

The future

There are plans to extend the services and facilities of the site which have had to be put on hold due to the current financial climate, but hopefully that will change soon and they will be able to extend the size of the site and carry forward their plan to build living accomodation nearby.

A lot of Conductive Education centres have been set up by parents all over the world but not many have managed to survive and thrive due to financial and legal problems, visa difficulties, uncooperative local government etc. Paces is a wonderful example of one that has managed to overcome all these and build a firm foundation for Conductive Education services in the Sheffield area whilst establishing a centre involving and encouraging use by its local community .

Congratulations to all concerned.

Contact details :

paces_school@mac.com

New place for Centres

As the Google Knol system is not really satisfactory for putting up my lists, I am now going to put them on the blog and have links to the postings on the side as before.

CE Centres in the UK and CE centres of the US have both been re-located in this way.

If anyone knows of any inaccuracies in the information please let me know and I will amend accordingly.

CE Centres in the US

If any of these centres are no longer operating, have changed their names or no longer employ conductors please let me know and I will amend the list accordingly.

CE CENTRES US

Arizona
SWGaitWay 7447 E. 22nd Street, Tucson, AZ 85710 contact: Mary Hare phone: 520-749-1065 email: info@swgaitway.org web site: http://www.swgaitway.org/

Arkansas

ConductABILITY

2846 N. Garland, Fayetteville, AR 72074 contact: Leslie Porter phone: 479 966 4322 ex. 226 emailconductAbility@ucpcark.org web site: http://www.cenaar.org/
California

Avalon Academy

818 Mahler Road,Burlingame CA 94010 contact: Kinga Czengi phone: 650 777 9130  Fax: 650 777 9129 email: kinga@theavalonacademy.org
website: http://theavalonacademy.org/


Boost Camp for CE of Sonoma County
Conductive Education Center of San Francisco

1425 Corporate Center Parkway Santa Rosa California CA 95407
contact: Susy McBride phone: 707 5429605
email: SusyMcB@aol.com  web site: http://www.boostcamp.org/

Can-do-Camp for Conductive Education

c/o Eric & Stacy Baron, 536 Calle Aparejo,Santa Barbara, CA 93111 tel: (805) 964-8189
Email: Seebaron@AOL.com

ConductAbility

2121 Country Club Drive Glendora California 91741
contact: Jim Prust phone: 626 484 8633
email: info@conductability.org   web site: http://www.conductability.org/

Conductiva

contact: Krisztina Abonyi Bernstein,Tel: 408-318-3456
email: conductiva@earthlink.net   website: http://home.earthlink.net/~conductiva/

 Learning Together

Address: 1201 Parkmoor Ave, #3123,San Jose, CA 95126
Conductor: Eleonora Tamasne Tel.: (408)-858-2238 Email: eleonora.tamasne@gmail.com  Website: http://www.learningtogether-ce.com/

Colorado

Colorado Foundation for Conductive Education

483 N. Denver Avenue, Loveland, Colorado 80537 contact: Roxanne Waechter phone: 970-667-0348 Fax: 970-461-3472 email: roxanne.cfce@yahoo.com website: www.conductiveed.com/default.asp

Connecticut

Zsuzsanna Deer, Independent Conductor 34 Vesper Street, Fairfield, CT 06825
Tel:: 203-366-5979 email: pzsdeer904@aol.com

Florida

Conductive Education Center of Orlando

3377 Forsyth Rd, Winter Park, FL 32792
contact: Jen Gase phone: 407 671 4687 fax: 407 647 3833
email: jen@cecfl.org web site: http://www.cecfl.org/

Conductive Education Center of Sarasota-Bradenton

63 Sarasota Center Blvd.,Ste 104, Sarasota, FL 34240 contact: center manager phone: 941-780-6001 email: jlklick@comcast.net websitehttp://www.cecfl.org/SarasotaProgram/tabid/9579/Default.aspx

Jordan Klausner Foundation/GCEA Gainesville Conductive Education Academy

2606 NW 6th Street Suite C Gainesville, Florida 32609 contact: Dr. Klausner phone: (352) 219-6744 email: jordanklausnerfoundation@yahoo.com web site: http://www.jordanklausnerfoundation.org/
Georgia

A Step to Independence, Inc.

PO Box 1166, Dacula, GA 30011 contact: Corey Rewis. phone: 678-407-1093 email:mailto:asteptoindependence@yahoo.comwebsite:http://www.asteptoindependence.com/

Illinois

Center for Independence Through Conductive Education

100 W. Plainfield Road Suite 100 Countryside Illinois 60525
contact: Patricia Herbst phone: 708-588-0833 fax: 708-588-0406
email: pcherbst_1@msn.com web site: http://www.center-for-independence.org/

El Valor

1850 W, 21st Street,Chicago, IL 60608   Contact: Centre Manager Phone: (312) 666-4511
Fax: (312) 666-6677
emailinfo@elvalor.net  websitehttp://www.elvalor.org/enriching_youth

Walk With Me Conductive Education

2348 N. Meadow Lane Barrington, IL 60010 Contact: Szilvia Mark phone: 847-975-5172 email: mailto:walkwithme4@sbcglobal.net

Indiana

Jackson Center for Conductive Education

802 N. Old SR 67Mooresville, IN 46158 contact: Lara dePoy phone: 317.888.8720 email: thejacksoncenter@sbcglobal.net web site: http://www.thejacksoncenter.org/

Michigan

Conductive Education Centre of Metro Detroit

P.O. Box 7083 Sterling Heights MI 48331-7083 contact: Centre Manager phone: 586-566-5154 fax: 586-566-8472 email: info@cecmd.com web site: http://www.cecmd.com/

Conductive Learning Center Aquinas College

2428 Burton Street SE Grand Rapids Michigan 49546 contact: Andrea Benyovszky phone: 616 575 0575 fax: 616 285 1935 email: abenyovszky@aol.com web site: http://www.aquinas.edu/clc/index.html

Minnesota

Plus Center Inc

12940 Harriet Avenue S, Suite 215, Burnsville Minnesota MN 55337 contact: Centre Manager phone: 612 483 6748 fax: 952-377-2487 email: info@pluscenter.org web site: http://www.mncce.com/
New Jersey

Association for Conductive Education and Related Services Inc

P.O.Box 217 Middletown New Jersey 07748 contact: Erika Nagy phone: 908-272-9675 email: info@acersi.org web site: http://www.acersi.org/

New Mexico

Conductive Education of New Mexico

243 Metzgar Southwest, Albuquerque, NM 87105 contact: Kim Buckle phone: 505-873-0333 email: mailto:Email:kim@emeraldbuckle.com website: www.mudd4kidsorg/programs/conductive.htm

Conductive Education NM

6917 Red Sky Rd, Albuquerque, Bernalillo, New Mexico 87111-1053 contact: Kathy Hedemann phone: 505-821-2057

New York

Standing Tall

463 West 69th Street, 200 Riverside Blvd Unit , New York, NY 10069 contact: Rachael Skinner phone: 212 787 8315 fax: 212 787 1740 email: info@standingtall.org web site: http://www.standingtall.org/

Ohio

Brighter Beginnings Through Conductive Education (opening July 2010)

P.O. Box 425169 Grove Street,Marysville, OH 43040 contact: Kelly Morris phone:937-243-8326 email: BrighterBeginningsCE@gmail.com

Conductive Learning Center of Greater Cincinnati

P.O. Box 54396 Cincinnati, Ohio 45254-0396 contact: Center Manager. phone: 513-231-0457
email: mailto:walking@clcgc.org or sntyfox@aol.com website: www.clcgc.org/default.htm

Miracles Unlimited Conductive Education Center

100 Debartlo Place Suite 120, Boardman Ohio 44512 contact: Tracey Tatar phone: 330 542 2854 email: traceytatar@abcglobal.net web site: http://www.miraclesunlimitedce.org/

North Coast Ohio Conductive Education

5510 Pearl Road, Suite LL94, Parma Ohio 44130 contact: Donna Dooley phone: 440 884 3641 fax: 216 481 4677 email: info@ncoce.com website: www.ncoce.com/

Rising Star Learning Center

Inc. 8090 Broadmoor Road, Mentor, OH 44060 contact: Erin De Carlo, Executive Director. phone: 440-454-2898 email: mailto:erindec1@yahoo.comwebsite: http://www.risingstarlc.org/

Sara’s Garden Sara Joy Rychener-Burkholder Hyperbaric Center

620 West Legett St Wauseon Ohio 43567 USA contact: Judy Burkholder phone: 419.335.SARA fax: 419.335.5564 email: info@sarasgarden.org web site: http://www.sarasgarden.org/

Oregon

Step by Step

660 NE Hwy 20 Suite 610, #416 Bend OR 97701
contact: Centre Manager phone: 541) 633-7044 email: info@stepbystepbend.org website: http://www.stepbystepbend.org/

Pennsylvania

ACHIEVA

711 Bingham Street Pittsburgh PA 15203 contact: Linda S. Wright, PhD phone: 412 9955000 ext420 fax: 412 9955044 email: lwright@achieva.info web site: http://www.achieva.info/

Steps to Independence

300 Cedar Ridge Drive Suite 311, Pittsburgh, PA 15205 contact: Khrissy Bartolowitsphone: 412-731-3070 email:ce-pgh@comcast.net web site: www.ce-pgh.org/

South Carolina

International Institute for Conductive Education
95 Crossings Blvd., Bluffton, SC 29910 contact: Erika Bartos or Peter Bartos. phone:843-815-4259 email:mailto:erikab@iice-mn.orgwebsite: http://www.iice-mn.org/

The Therapy Place

P.O.Box 5093, Columbia, South Carolina 29250
contact: Center Manager email: info@thetherapyplace.org website: http://www.thetherapyplace.org/

Tennessee

Miracle Milestones, Inc.

PO Box 681178, Franklin, TN 37068 contact: Jennifer Patton phone: 615-794-4833 email: mailto:miraclemilestones@comcast.net

Texas

A Child Can Do All Things

12870 Hillcrest Road, Suite H – 101, Dallas, Texas 75230 contact: Annette Wilson phone: 972.788.2856 email: accdat@accdat.org web site: www.accdat.org/

Virginia

C P Ability Center

3933 Avion Park Ct, Suite B-210 Chantilly, VA 20151
contact: Katalin Vizy phone: 703 920 0600 fax: 703 685 2819 email: cpac@cpabilitycenter.org web site: http://www.cpabilitycenter.org/

Blue Ridge Association for Conductive Education

338 Coleman Lane,Galax, VA 24333 contact: Jean Felts phone: 276-236-7897 email:mailto:jfelts2@yahoo.com

Center for Developmental Differences

4000 Virginia Beach Blvd, Suite 136, Virginia Beach, VA 23452. contact: Judit Roth phone: 757 486 0585 email: info@cdd-site.org website: http://www.cdd-site.org/

CE centres in the UK

CE CENTRES UK

Aspire -Berkshire Conductive Education & Multi-sensory Activity Centre
19-20 Progress Business Centre, Whittle Parkway, Slough. SL16DQ  contact: Constance Ojong
email: admin@voiceofthechild.info

Blackfriars School

Priory Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffs, England ST5 2TF
contact: Clive Lilley phone: 01782 297780 fax: 01782 297784
email: clilley@blackfriars.staffs.sch.uk
web site: http://www.blackfriars.staffs.sch.uk/

Buddy Bear Trust

Killyman Road, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland, BT71 6DE
contact: Miss Veres phone: 0288 7752025 email: info@buddybeartrust.com

Cerebral Palsy Care

Bradbury House,View Road, Cliffe Woods, Rochester, Kent, England ME3 8UJ UK
contact: Judit Nagy phone: 01634 220540 fax: 01634220530
email: admin@cpckent.org web site: www.cpckent.org/

The London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy

54 Muswell Hill, London, England N10 3ST
contact: Centre Manager phone: 020 8444 7242 fax: 020 8444 7241
email: info@hornseytrust.org.uk web site: www.cplondon.org.uk/

Conductive Education Support Services

The Conductive Education Support Centre, 2 Bridge Farmhouse ,Lyndhurst Road, Brockenhurst Hampshire, England SO42 7TR
contact: Judit Szathmary phone: 01590 622929
email: info@conductive-educationsupport.com
web site: http://www.conductive-educationsupport.com/

Craig-y-Parc School

Heol-y-Parc, Pentyrch ,Cardiff ,Wales CF15 9NB
contact: Neil Harvey phone: 029 2089 0397 fax: 029 2089 1404
email: uschool@aol.com
web site: http://www.scope.org.uk/education/schools/craig-y-parc

Dame Vera Lynn School for Parents

Five Oaks, Billing Hurst ,West Sussex ,England RH14 9AX
phone: 01403 782294/784241 fax: 01403 785066 email: sarah.ffoulkesroberts@scope.org.uk
web site: http://www.dvltrust.org.uk/

Dynamite Project

Priory School ,Orchard Avenue, off Burnham Lane Slough Berkshire, England SL1 6HE
phone: 01628 600300 email: berryman.priory@sloughlea.net
web site: http://www.dynamitekids.net http://www.prioryschoolonline.com/~priorysc/

Ella’s Field
Sussex, UK. 

Contact: Centre Manager  Tel: 01403 785 046  email: info@ellasfield.com

Greenhall Community Special School

Second Avenue, Holmcroft, Stafford, Staffs England ST16 1PS
phone: 01785 246759

Hebden Green Community Special School

Woodford Lane, West Winsford, Cheshire, England CW7 4EJ
phone: 01606 594221 fax: 01606 861549 email: admin@hebdengreen.cheshire.sch.uk
web site: http://www.hebdengreen.cheshire.sch.uk/

Heel and Toe

The Meadows,Whitworth Lane,Spennymoor, Country Durham, DL16 7QW
Contact: Mr. Doug Long
phone: 08443350512 email:  doug@heelandtoe.org.uk
website: http://www.heelandtoe.org.uk/

Hereward College

Bramston Crescent,Tile Hill Lane, Coventry, Warks England CV4 9SW
phone: 02476 461231 email: enquiries@hereward.ac.uk
web site: http://www.hereward.ac.uk/

Horton Lodge Community Special School

Rudyard, Leek, Staffs, England ST13 8RD phone: 01538 306214 fax: 01538306006
email: headteacher@hortonlodge.staffs.sch.uk
web site: http://www.hortonlodge.staffs.sch.uk/

Independent Conductive Education Services

38 Raleigh Road, Leasowe, Wirral CH46 2DZ
contact: Laszlo Szogeczki phone: 07725071301 email: enquiries@i-ce-s.com
web site: http://www.i-ce-s.com/

Ingfield Manor School

Five Oaks, Billinghurst,West Sussex, England, RH14 9AX
phone: 01403 782294/784241 fax: 01403 785066
email: ingfield.manor@scope.org.uk
web site: http://www.scope.org.uk/education/ingfield.php

International Therapeutic Initiative UK

12 Harts Road, Haddenham, Aylesbury, Bucks England HP17 8HJ
contact: Maria Heine phone: 01494 533610 fax: 01844 299406
email: info@iti-uk.org
web site: http://www.iti-uk.org/

Its My Life Trust

71 Corbishley Road, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, PO22 9H
Tel: 01243 823701 website: http://www.itsmylifetrust.co.uk/default.asp

Ladderback Kids

19 Bird Lane, Great Warley, Brentwood, Essex, CM13 3JU
Contact: Jenny Cannon  Tel: 01277 223813

Lighthouse Trust Summer School

c/o Gordons Chemists New Street Donaghadee, County Down Northern Ireland
contact: Joan Bruton phone: 0872241589 email: info@lighthouse-trust.org
website: http://www.lighthouse-trust.org/Home.html

Megan Baker House

Moreton Eye, Leominster, Herefordshire, England HR6 0DP
contact: Jo Baker Watson phone: 01568616179 fax: 01568616179
email: admin@meganbakerhouse.org.uk
web site: http://www.meganbakerhouse.org.uk/

Milestone School

Longford Lane, Gloucester, Gloucs. England GL2 9EU
contact: Lyn Dance phone: 01452 874000 fax: 01452 874074
email: admin@milestone.gloucs.sch.uk
web site: http://www.themilestoneschool.ik.org/

National Institute of Conductive Education

Cannon Hill House, Russell Road Moseley, Birmingham England B13 8RD
phone: 0121 4491569 fax: 0121 4491611 email: foundation@conductive-education.org.uk
web site: http://www.conductive-education.org.uk/

Pace Centre

Philip Green House, Coventon Road, Aylesbury, Bucks England HP19 9JL
contact: Centre Manager phone: 01296 392739 fax: 01296 334836
email: info@thepacecentre.org web site: http://www.thepacecentre.org/

Paces High Green School for Conductive Education

Paces High Green Centre,Packhorse Lane High Green, Sheffield England S35 3HY
contact: Gabor Fellner phone: 0114 2845298 fax: 01142845298
email: paces_school@mac.com web site: http://www.paces-school.org.uk/

Path for the Disabled

9 Newcombe Terrace Exeter EX1 2TE UK
contact: Erszebet Gordon phone 01392 819646 email: elisabeth@pathforthedisabled.co.uk
web site: http://pathforthedisabled.co.uk/default.aspx

Percy Hedley School
Station Road, Forest Hall, Newcastle, England NE12 8YY
contact: Centre Manager phone: 0191 2665491 fax: 0191 2668435
email: foundation@percyhedley.org.uk web site: http://www.percyhedley.org.uk/

The Rainbow Centre for Conductive Education

The Bradbury Building Palmerston Drive Fareham, Hants England PO14 1BJ
contact: Centre Manager phone: 01329 289500 fax: 01329 235895
email: enquiries@rainbowcentre.org web site: http://www.rainbowcentre.org/

Regent’s Conductive Education/Naomi’s Garden

Bilney House, Manby Business Park, Manby, Lincolnshire, LN11 8UT
Leading conductor: Sarah-Jayne Farrow  Mobile number:  07849302786
email: sjconductor@hotmail.co.uk

The Legacy Rainbow House

Salt Pit Lane, Mawdesley, Ormskirk, Lancashire L40 2QX
contact: Centre Manager phone: 01257 452511 fax: 01257 452511
email: info@rainbow-house.com
web site: http://www.thelegacy-rainbowhouse.com/default.asp

Rutland House School

Elm Bank, Mapperley Road, Nottingham, England NG3 5AJ
contact: Centre Manager phone: 0115 9621315 fax: 0115 9622867
email: rutland.house@scope.org.uk web site: http://www.scope.org.uk/education/rutland.php

Scottish Centre for Children with Motor Impairment

Craighalbert Centre, 1 Craighalbert Way, Cumbernauld, Scotland G68 0LS
contact: Centre Manager phone: 01236 456100 fax: 01236 736889
email: sccmi@craighalbert.org.uk web site: http://www.craighalbert.org.uk/

Small Steps

Greenmead School, St Margaret’s Crescent, Putney, London England SW15 6HL
contact: Centre Manager phone: 020 8788 5945
email: admin@smallstepssfp.co.uk web site: http://www.smallstepssfp.co.uk/

Step and Learn Conductive Education

37 Frindsbury Road, Strood, Rochester, Kent ME2 4JA
contact: Centre Manager  tel: 01634 787951

email: info@stepandlearn.org.uk  website: http://www.stepandlearn.org.uk/index.html

STEPS

Leicestershire CE Centre, The Old School, 40 Loughborough Road, Shepshed,Leicester, Leics, England LE12 9DN
contact: Centre Manager phone: 01509 506878 email: stepscentre@btconnect.com
web site: http://www.stepscentre.org/
Stick ‘n Step

3 Croxteth Avenue, Wallasey, Merseyside CH44 5U
contact: Sarah Smithson phone: 0151 638 0888
email: info@sticknstep.org web site: http://sticknstep.org/

Step Together Centre (part of the Child Care Action Trust)

Grange Road Baptist Church, Grange Road,Darlington, County Durham, L1 5NH
contact: Viktoria Kincses  phone: 0845 230 5980
email: info@steptogether.org.uk web site: http://www.steptogether.org.uk/

Time for Tots

Thurrock & District CP Society, Dilkswood Centre, Darenth Lane, Ockendon, Essex England RM15 5RS
contact: Centre Manager phone: (01708) 852074
email: thurrockcpsoc@care4free.net
web site: http://www.thurrock-community.org.uk/tadcps/

Treloar School

Upper Froyle Alton Hampshire England GU34 4LA
contact: Centre Manager phone: 01420 526526
email: headteacher@treloar.org.uk web site: http://www.treloar.org.uk/

Villa Real School

Villa Real Road ,Consett, Co Durham, England DH8 6BH
contact: Centre Manager phone: 01207 503651
email: villareal@durhamlea.org.uk web site: http://www.villareal.durham.sch.uk/

Whoops a Daisy

HOP House,41 Church Road,Hove,East Sussex BN3 2BE
contact: Beara Kusel  phone: 07588555761
Emailmailto:Emailinfo@whoopsadaisy.org website: http://www.whoopsadaisy.org/

Good news and bad news from New Zealand

There has been an announcement that the New Zealand government has done a U-turn on their decision to cut funding for specialist units in schools. This has now been reinstated for all those children currently receiving help, but unfortunately, those new pupils coming in to the schools will not be eligible. 

For further details see
www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/2754908Therapy-battle-won

Lists of Conductive Education literature

The discussion about prescribed and proscribed lists (see note at the bottom of this posting) has set me thinking, and I would like to make the following comments.
  • As you know the CE literature is very small compared to other subjects and this makes it very difficult to produce lists of any substance at any level. Servicing a degree course should have helped with this, by identifying for further discussion and analysis which items are worthy of study for essential reading and which are not. This has not happened as pressure to have ‘up-to-date’ references has influenced the compilation of such lists.
  • Not very much has been written or published recently of real significance that I am aware of, except Susie’s and Andrew’s blogs which offer practical and theoretical information respectively.
  • As Susie said, it depends who the list is for. Thus parents may need a list with a different emphasis than say, psychologists.
I think people, particularly students need to read and decide for themselves what is good and what is not so good – with a little guidance for those who know nothing at all about Conductive Education.Libraries can help with this as they collect all the material on a given subject and hold it in one place offering easy access. As I have said before it is not a librarian’s job to evaluate the material but up to lecturers and tutors, who, surely, must know the literature, to make sure the students know how to separate the wheat from the chaff. Librarians can help by finding material and making suggestions based on feed-back and usage when possible.Note: In a nutshell, prescribed tells what is good, and a proscribed list what is bad. Please see Andrew’s comment on the Conductive Education Classic no.7 posting for further explanation.

Why are they Conductive Education classics?

I have been with friends over the weekend, enjoying the lovely sunshine and not looked at my emails or blog until tonight. It was very interesting to see the discussion that had built up over my last posting, Conductive Education Classic no 7, and I would like to respond to this.

When I started the Conductive Education Classics I wanted to highlight those texts that had been influential in Conductive Education, for whatever reason, good or bad. Needless to say there is not a huge list to choose from, but I still have a few more to do in the next few months. Their influence today is still great, perhaps because of the lack of in-depth academic publications to replace and up date them, take Conductive Education forward.

Perhaps some of you would like to share your opinions of my choices with me and maybe suggest others.

I have always felt that it was not my job to evaluate the literature, but to let other people more knowledgeable and academic than I do that. It is a librarian’s job to collect all available relevant material for study and evaluation. Saying that, over the years I have learnt what items were more useful and accurate and tried to steer people towards those if possible, but that was not the purpose of this ‘classics’ list.

The discussion between Rony, Andrew and Susie is very interesting and the types of list that they talk about has given me food for thought.

 

Conductive Education Classic no.7

Background
This book, the first comprehensive overview of Conductive Education in English, was written mainly because Cottam and Sutton, as working academics, needed to publish a book. Regular publications such as journal articles and books are expected of those working in the world of academe. Both having recently come across Conductive Education, and considering it an important system for those with motor disorders, it was an obvious choice for both and resulted in this collaboration.
It was published in 1986, twenty three years ago and was consciously an ‘academic book’. The publisher, Croom Helm, was an adventurous young publishing house that would take on unlikely subjects in the expectation that some at least would be runners and accepted it straight away.
It was hoped that it would attract academic interest in the project proposed by the Birmingham Group and pre-dated the Foundation for Conductive Education by nearly 12 months. In the event Standing up for Joe ( the BBC TV documentary) created a wider interest and sales of the book rode on that. The proper academic interest never really took of, but lots of parents and practitioners bought the book (though it was not really directed to them).
Sales were good for an academic book of that kind and it went to three reprints in a couple of years. In 1988, Croom Helm asked whether the authors would permit a fourth, but they declined. Two years on into the project Cottam and Sutton already knew so much more about Conductive Education , so different from what all previous people had known, that they knew it to be not just out of date, but wrong in important respects.
Contents

To quote from the back of the book:

It describes the origins and development of Conductive Education in Hungary and its derivatives in Britain and elsewhere and how the system operates in practice. The difficulties of successfully applying Conductive Education outside Hungary are considered and discussed. The book includes a bibliography of all materials published in English on this topic and assesses both the prospects and limitations of Conductive Education.

It is divided into three parts with contributions from Andrew Sutton, Philippa Cottam, Jayne Titchener and Veronica Nanton.
Part one looks at the social-historical context and the practice as observed by Andrew Sutton.
Part two covers the practice outside Hungary and discusses the suitability of Conductive Education as an approach for the physically and mentally handicapped.
Part three looks at the problems and prospects in bringing it to the West and includes a chapter on Parkinson’s disease.

A bibliography of all relevant known publications is included and many of these are still referred to today.

Reviews

It wasn’t widely reviewed. Academics tended to like it. professionals less so, but numbers were too small to generalise. Copies of these reviews are available in the National Library of Conductive Education.

This book is only one academic review of the whole phenomenon and is now over twenty years out of date, but holds a very important place in the development of knowledge about Conductive Education outside of Hungary.

Cottam, P. and Sutton, A., ed. (1986) Conductive Education; a system for overcoming motor disorder. London: Croom Helm.

Standing up for Joe BBC 1, April 1988.
http://www.conductiveeducationinformation.org/2009/06/conductive-education-classics-no6.html