Month: September 2011

Catering for cerebral palsy in mainstream schools – how does this work successfully?

Yesterday I received an alert from Google which led me to a report in a local paper published in Plymouth, Devon, UK. This report stated that a mother of a child with cerebral palsy had enrolled her son in the newly built local promary school believing that all his needs would be met. Unfortunately, this was not the case as he is unable to use his walking frame in the classroom due to lack of space.

http://www.thisisplymouth.co.uk/Classroom-big-walking-frame/story-13364730-detail/story.html

Before Finlay started at the school his mother was assured her concerns would be dealt with :

“I picked what I thought was the best school around because it was new and because they told me his needs would be facilitated.”

As special schools in the UK are on the decline and the emphasis is now to include disabled children in local schools one would have thought a newly built school would provide the necessary accommodation for such children. The head master said:

 

All classrooms comply with government rules on sizes and the school is proud to cater for children with a wide range of needs and use full time teaching assistants where necessary to fully access the curriculum.”

“The school is committed to meeting the needs of all its pupils and will always listen to any concerns parents may have,” he said.

The school had arranged for a specialist to visit and review the classroom layout to see if there are any further modifications that could be made, he said.

 

It does seem odd that this basic need was not dealt with initially and that  a specialist should now be required to organise a classroom to allow for passage up and down for a child with a walking frame, but perhaps this report does not include information to clarify this.
There are a number of comments by other parents to this article which make interesting reading and are not quite as sympathetic as you would expect.

Books, theses and publishing

There has been some mention of a new book on Conductive Education that is the publication of a PhD thesis by Angela Morgan.  There is a link to this thesis, available in full from British Library, in the virtual catalogue on the Conduction website

http://ethos.bl.uk/OrderDetails.do?did=2&uin=uk.bl.ethos.410761

For those who don’t want to read the full text there is an article produced from this work, co-authored with Kevin Hogan, which  is also entered in the catalogue, showing availability of the abstract at
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.0952-3383.2005.00388.x/abstract

There is a link to the full text of the article on the University of Wolverhampton’s website but this does not always work properly and I am trying to find out why and will then include that link too.

Virtual catalogue update

I have spent some time this week looking for more material to add to the catalogue and I managed to find quite a few which have now been entered. I hope to produce lists of new items in the future.
In the process I discovered something which is now up  free – the Australian report of services at Carson Street School. There was a lot in the media about this recently regarding some ‘doctoring’. I am not sure which version this is.
As always, I ask that you send me details of any material you know of available on the Internet and I will include it in the catalogue.

Up to now there has been very little response to this request, but I live in hope!

University students help Conductive Education service with raising awareness

A brief report of a project by students looking into Conductive Education for adults at the Percy Hedley Foundation, Newcastle, UK has been published on Northumbria University website.

http://www.northumbria.ac.uk/sd/academic/scd/workwithus/b2b/casestudies/perceyheadlyfoundation/

The sudents of design, business and communication technology decided –

From three potential areas for exploration presented by the Foundation, the team chose to look into a therapy called Conductive Education for Adults. This opportunity involved improving the awareness of the therapy and providing possible design improvements to the equipment and environment used to deliver it.

 

What they did and the outcomes are included in this report with comments by the CEO of the Foundation.
Its a shame that the name of the Foundation was not correctly spelt on the university website, but I assume it would have been on any literature designed for the organisation!

Report in Spanish of Conductive Education in the US

A very unusual news item has been sent to me this weekend.

A Spanish language newspaper La Prensa Libre, has published a short report of Conductive Education services in Fayetteville,Arkansas, provided by United Cerebral Palsy.

A special education teacher in early childhood is quoted in the piece and although her name is Hungarian it is not clear that she is a conductor.

http://www.laprensanwa.com/2010/09/09/educacion-especial-puede-ayudar-a-ninos-con-dano-cerebral/