Month: February 2014

Prices rising in the second hand market

Every now and again I look at second hand books on Conductive Education available via the internet and after seeing Andrew’s posting yesterday, decided to see what I could find.

I was amazed to see a copy of Hari and Akos’ Conductive Education for over £2,000!  This morning I checked it again and the price has been revised to £302.76 plus £11.39 postage to be sent from US to UK.

Still a large amount.

Other copies are available for £40 plus. More realistic, I would think.

On the other hand, some titles e.g. Conductive Education: a system for overcoming motor disorder, or Dina  are going for pennies.

JustBooks searches a variety of second-hand book sites and this produces an interesting collection at a variety of prices. Hari and Akos are included up to £3,000 + on Amazon in France and Italy.,RTw,S,Ahw1igaAfFXg_2670014168_1:1827:6973&bq=author%3Dmaria%2520hari%26title%3Dconductive%2520education

Is anyone will to pay such big sums?  I doubt it.

Spreading the knowledge in Conductive Education

I have just read a blog posting from Ralph Strzałkowski about professionals and their options/requirements for keeping up to date with new developments and practices:

He uses his own profession of the Law as an example. As far as he can, see conductors do not keep up to date like this.

Longman’s Dictionary defines a profession as

‘a calling requiring specialised knowledge and often long and intensive academic preparation’

and a professional as

‘characterised by or conforming to the technical and ethical standards of a profession’

These definitions should be applicable to Conductive Education but perhaps a more visibly united profession with an agreed policy of research, continuing professional development, agreed standards and a growing literature would help in opening up Conductive Education and removing the apparent secrecy.

Most professions have:

  • A very active publishing field in the form of books, journals and research papers. In Conductive Education there is no currently produced journal recording developments, research studies and practice. Occasional books are published but not widely bought or read.
  • A professional body to oversee standards, research, cooperation, publishing. There is no such body in CE. In some countries there are associations but each has its cultural agenda and not all actively promote CE to the wider world. As a professional librarian I was required to pay annual membership fees (based on my salary) to the UK Library Association in order to keep my qualifications, and received a monthly journal reporting developments in the field.
  • Continuous research projects on the go. Academic interest in CE has diminished. There have very few reports published in academic journals the past ten years. Conductors need to become involved in their own projects and report them.
  • Training institutions that publish and set up research. As far as I am aware very little has been published by the current conductor training organisations, either by individuals or as organisations.
  • Regular conferences, both international and national, with published proceedings. CE has an International Congress every three years but ends up with a very full programme giving little time for each presentation. No proceedings since the 1st in 1990 have ever been published, only abstracts.


Conductors are a relatively new and small profession compared to some, e.g. medicine, education and the law. They have not had the years and numbers of people to build up a literature and reputation that older professions have.

Conductors are spread very thinly worldwide but modern technology should facilitate communication, discussion and cooperation.

Changes at ACENA

It is  Conductive Education Awareness Day in North America tomorrow, 20 February, and  I have received today a circulated letter from the Association for Conductive Education in North America (ACENA) with an announcement. This organisation was originally set up for those working in Conductive Education, but today I discover that it now  has new categories of  membership for “parents, CE participants and all program staffers”.

Membership involves payment of a fee.


As stated benefits include:

  • Gain access to a broad network of Conductive Education professionals
  • Vote on all ACENA topics
  • Hold elected office or serve on subcommittees
  • Participate in annual conferences or workshops at ACENA discounted rates
  • Receive valuable information on CE, including Program and Practice Manuals
  • Receive annual statistical report on CE in North America
  • Post or view employment opportunities on the ACENA website

A good move to involve all those who have an interest in Conductive Education and its development and this list includes receiving lots of information.

Anyone wishing to find out more should go to

Discount on CEP books available now

Blurb is currently offering a discount on publications ordered before 24 February.

All Conductive Education Press titles can be ordered at

Take 20% off your print book order with no minimum order. Just use the code  SMALLORDERS  before February 24, 2014.

Or get 25% off your print books when you order three or more copies. Just use the code EXTRAS before
February 24, 2014.

New additions to the Virtual Library catalogue

I am almost back to normal now after the hacking of my blog and have managed to enter some more items in the virtual library catalogue, 27 to be precise.

Please note that not all items are freely available so some of these  can only be obtained in full by making a payment or via a subscription to the publication concerned.

You will see that there is quite a mixture of journal articles, blog postings, letters, reviews etc.

Review: Anita Tatlow: Conductive Education for Children and Adolescents with Cerebral Palsy. Enquiry into Theory and Practice.
O. Surtees
Book review

The development of Conductive Education in Germany
PHOENIX GmbH, Bundesverband der Konduktoren e.V.
website doc
Pető András orvos, a konduktív mozgásterápiai képzés megalapozója (Andras Peto, physician, founder of the conductive movement therapy training)
website document
Review of Essential Skills in Demand Lists; Special Education Teachers nec (Conductor (Conductive Education Practitioner)) (241599)
NEW ZEALAND. Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
Website document

Review of selected physical therapy interventions for school age children with disabilities
S. K. Effgen and I. McEwen

How effective are programs based on conductive education? A report of two studies
S. Bochner, and others
Journal article

National Institute of Conductive Education

H3 Conductive Education visa
Kerosky Purves & Bogue
website document

Evidence-based perspective on CP rehabilitation –reviews on physiotherapy, physiotherapy-related motor-based interventions and orthotic devices
H. Antilla

Amended articles of association in a unified structure
International Pető Association
Website document

Conductive Education: a critical appraisal
A. V. Pedersen
Journal article

Correspondence: Conductive Education [BMJ]
I. Gáti and others
Journal correspondence
Parental perceptions of a short conductive education programme
K.G.Lie and M. Holmes
Journal article
Parents’ conceptions of intensive group training. The case of cerebral palsy
P. Ödman, and others
Journal article
Conductive education using Wii Sport for individuals with disabilities
Z. Zilard, and others
Journal articles
Promoting communication and socialisation in music therapy for children with cerebral palsy
Hong Ching Kho
Effectiveness of physiotherapy and conductive education interventions in children with cerebral palsy: a focused review.
H.Antilla, and others
Journal article
Intensive training in group for children with cerebral palsy: evaluation from different perspectives
P. Ödman
Hong Kong Conductive Education source book [a review]
E. Kinnear, and others
Book review

Conductive Education
A. Brereton
Blog posting
Taking a look at Conductive Education
S. Frank
Website document

Disability fears and fears of the disabled in Hungary
D. Varga
Blog posting

To Hungary with love
David Bryan
Blog posting

The development of the verbal regulation of behaviour in cerebral palsy(multiply handicapped) children
R. Burland
Journal article

Is Pető Institute next in line to be nationalized?
B. Novak
magazine article

Introduction [ to Conductive Education for children and adolescents with cerebral palsy]
Book excerpt

Independent conduct
magazine article

To find out more about these just go to

and enter the autor’s name or words from the title into the appropriate search boxes.  

A Help page for using the catalogue  is available at


Success with the Pető Institute catalogue

Bea Toth has kindly put me right about this and I have now been successful in doing an author search.

Before  entering another name, I needed to end each session of searching, not just delete the name in the search box, then  go back to browse and then insert  Pető, András rather than András Pető and I then got the three records up.

I will now explore other options of searching the catalogue  and see how I get on.

Perhaps there are notes to help with searching but I haven’t managed to find them yet.


Searching the Pető Institute library catalogue

After comments received about accessing  the  catalogue of the  Pető Institute library, I have tried again but am  still not getting results for András Pető as author despite trying the way suggested by Bea Toth on Andrew’s Facebook page. 

I have  used the browse option, put in his name, and asked it to search for him as author and still get nothing. It is difficult to believe  that there is nothing catalogued written by the man himself.

I have done this in both the English and Hungarian language versions.

I also  asked it to search  for András Pető using all the fields offered, e.g.  author, title, publisher  and this  resulted in  a list of items that  contain the word Pető. Still none with him as an author.

I had no problem with  searching for material by Mária Hári.

I know how difficult it can be to search unfamiliar catalogues (and re-wrote the help page for the virtual library to make it easier to access the information held), but I would have thought that I could find my way around the Pető Institute library catalogue without any problems.

All suggestions on overcoming this are  welcome


Pető Institute library catalogue online

I have just been sent some links to what looks like a new version of the catalogue of the Hári Mária Library and Regional Source Centre at the Pető Institute, available online since 7 February.


It is now possible to search the catalogue either in English at

0r in Hungarian at


There are useful tips on how to search.

I have had a quick look at what is entered in the catalogue and was surprised to find that I could find nothing by András Pető himself.


I believe the library is open to all, so suggest you contact the Librarian (I am not sure if Beata Toth has been replaced) at if you have any queries or wish to access the material.


Conductors’ workplaces

I am slowly getting back to normal with blogging and maintaining my services. The virtual library catalogue has had some new additions and now I am checking on the Conductors’ Workplace map.

A new place has been added in Connecticut and I am waiting to hear if the centre in Washington is still going.

Do you know of any other new services or  closures?

If so please do let me know as I cannot keep the map up to date without your help.

New additions to the virtual library catalogue

I have spent some time last weekend adding new material to the virtual library catalogue and the 17  items are listed below. Some have no date as I was unable to find one but all contain as much information in their entries as I could find.  Just go to

and enter authors or titles in the appropriate column to find out more and be directed to the documents.


Konduktiv pedagogikk og rehabilitering
Ingvild Frøysang
no date
CE in Norway

Improving the writing composition of students with motor disorders
Henriett Pinter
Conference presentation abstract

Conducting achievement
Melanie Brown
magazine article

Conductive Education
Rainbow Centre for Conductive Education
magazine article

Look what I can do
child’s experiences

What is Conductive Education?
Carson Street School

Conductive Education services
Special Education resource Unit (South Australia)

Conductive Education for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder; experiences from Austria
Monika Weiszmann
Powerpoint presentation

Effect of the Bobath technique, Conductive Education and education to parents in activities of daily living in children with cerebral palsy in Iran
Hamid Dalvand
Journal article

8th World Congress Rhythm and balance; congress programme
Organising Committee of 8th World Congress
Conference programme

World Congress 8 abstract book
International Pető Association
Abstract book

Conductive Education BA (Hons)
Birmingham City University
Course information

The evaluation of the Conductive Education program and the Cognitive Stimulation program in a home for children with developmental disabilities in a rural area of South Africa
Anne Mathot

Brain retraining hope for motor-disorder victims: campaigner
news item

Conductive education course set to close
magazine news item

Sen o Ameryce
Ada Prochyra
magazine interview

Ausschnitt Studienaufbau Bachelorstudiengang Heilpädagogik-Schwerpunkt Konduktive Pädagogik
Evangelische Hochschule Nürnberg
Degree course information

To find these and many more go to