Month: March 2015

Newspaper article on Conductive Education

Today I found a link to a newspaper article in the Chorley Guardian.

This newspaper is local to The Legacy Rainbow House centre in Cheshire UK  http://www.thelegacy-rainbowhouse.com/

and published this article for Conductive Education Awareness Week earlier this month.

Articles like this do not appear very often these days as it is not as easy as it used  to be to get Conductive Education into the news, so its a big feather in Legacy Rainbow House’s cap and I hope the article will be uploaded on to the centre’s website so it is easier to read.

I have been checking for any reports in newspapers for Conductive Education  Awareness Day in North America in February and also Awareness Week in the UK. I am sorry to say that this is the only item I found for either event and I know that lots of activities were planned in both cases.

There may be others that I have missed, so please let me know if you know of any.

Result of the search for Wisconsin research video

A few weeks ago I posted about one of the first  research projects into Conductive Education, headed by Laird Heal at Wisconsin University in the United States, and  published in 4 volumes in 1972.

http://e-conduction.org/ceinformation/laird-heal-and-evaluating-the-integrated-management-of-cerebral-palsy/

In  Volume 1 there is mention of an hour long video tape that could be purchased.  In the hope that it might still be available I wrote to the Library and asked. Eric Jennings, Outreach Coordinator & Instruction Librarian, responded very quickly and told me that he would check this out with the help of his colleagues.

On Friday I received an email regretfully reporting their  failure to find any trace of it. After such a long time it is not surprising as libraries need to constantly ‘weed’ their stock due to restricted space, and technology has moved on somewhat – I think I may be one of the few people who still has a working video player! Also the university was not involved in Conductive Education again.

Still, at least we all had a good go at tracing it and he said if it did turn up at a later date he would let me know.

Libraries cannot keep everything forever. This shows how important it is to keep safe Conductive Education material in all formats  for the future  and any equipment needed to access it.

If by any chance someone has a copy of this or has watched it, please do let me know!

New Additions to the Virtual Catalogue February 2015

Sixteen items have been added to the catalogue over the past weeks making a total of 543 items.

http://e-conduction.org/virtual-library-new/

There is a variety of items this time  including a  powerpoint presentation, bibliography, blog posting, thesis and various documents. Of particular interest is an article from 1990 describing  participation in the international course at the Peto Institute. A little gem! Occasionally these turn up in my searches, and it is a pleasure to add them to the catalogue.

How can Conductive Education Programs improve employment outcomes for adults with physical disabilities?

Patricia Herbst
2012
Power point presentation

Conductive Education and curriculum: complete responses to Discussion Forum [held at Where Worlds Collide conference, NY].
Columbia University Teachers College
2001
pdf document

How important is research in Conductive Education? Complete responses to Discussion Forum [held at Where Worlds Collide conference, NY].
Columbia University Teachers College
2001
pdf document

Conductive summer programme
Pető Institute
2013
pdf document

Evaluation of a Conductive Education intervention for children with profound multiple disabilities in a residential children’s home in South Africa
Sabrina Twilhaar
2012
Thesis

Does Conductive Education have a distinctive view of cerebral palsy?
Norman Perrin
2014
Blog posting

Másfél hónap Perzsiában: Magyarisztán gyógyszere a világnak
Zoltán Szobota
2006
Journal article

Assessment of effect of conductive education (CE) on gross motor function in children with spastic cerebral palsy (3-6 year olds),[In Persian]
H. Dalvand, and others
2011
Journal article

POHI (Physical or Other Health Impairment) Major [conductor training course]
Aquinas College
2014
Website document

Query: Is there any evidence that Conductive Education is effective to improve functioning for children with cerebral palsy and brain injury and motor disorders?
Peninsula Cerebra Research Unit
2014
Website document

Conductive Education and its relationship for riding for the disabled.
Author not given
2015
Blog posting

The International course on Conductive Education at The Pető András State Institute for Conductive Education, Budapest
Jenny Macdonald
1990
Journal article

Cerebral palsy; a bibliography
Gillian |Maguire
2005
pdf document

Group upbringing goes West ; a diversion
Andrew Sutton
2014
Seminar paper

A continuing journey – the education of children with cerebral palsy
Norman Perrin
2007
pdf document

Conductive Education; maximising independence
Eszter Agocs
2009
Journal article

To find these items just go to and search the catalogue by author or words from the  title

http://e-conduction.org/virtual-library-new/

Laird Heal and Evaluating The Integrated Management of Cerebral Palsy

Last summer I did a posting on Sylvia Kottler, an early pioneer into Conductive Education in the US and the papers she wrote. This led to Andrew Sutton  reminding me of a report of a research project on Conductive Education done  in Wisconsin, US, and published in 1972.

Since then I have been investigating the report and Laird Heal its author.

This is what I found.

In the late 1960s a US university professor, James House, visited the State Institute in Budapest and this was reported via an interview in Ideas of Today (Maas, 1968).

 In the Fall of 1968 a research project, The Integrated Management of Cerebral Palsy, funded by the US Office of Education, Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), was initiated and directed by Professor House, as reported by Heal in the acknowledgements of its published report:

 There would have been no IMCP project without the tenacity of its founder and original director, James B. House who overcame overwhelming obstacles in order to introduce Conductive Education to this country. The talent and energy of Margo House, the project’s original supervisor were also essential to the founding of the program. (Vol.1, p.i)

 

The ICMP project was funded to evaluate a program that replicated as nearly as possible the procedures used at the Institute of Movement Therapy in Budapest Hungary  (Vol.4, p.1)

Professor House left the project in 1970 for personal reasons and Laird Heal, an experimental psychologist (Vol.1, p.55 ) and associate professor of psychology, perhaps an unusual choice, took over from him.

It is interesting to note the following statement in the Introduction to the Report:

While the project had little contact with European centers for conductive education, it profited enormously from even this limited exposure. The accumulated months of training and consultation by Dr. Maria Hari and her staff at the Institute for Movement Therapy were an essential ingredient in the construction of the IMCP project. The consultation of Ester Cotton in London, England, was also extremely valuable. Finally, the three month sojourn of Margaret Parnwell gave the original staff daily contact with a consultant who had several years of first-hand experience with conductive education.(Vol.1, p.ii)

 Like many other research projects this one suffered a variety of problems, including a high turnover of staff, inadequate setting up, and premature winding down, but interestingly those involved still ended up believing Conductive Education was worth pursuing and the report concludes on a positive note.

 The staff ended the project as they had begun – believing firmly that the principles and procedures of conductive education are sound and that the effort to import them to this country should be pursued. This belief and the documented success of the procedures in other settings must be seen as persuasive arguments for the continuation of this pursuit. (Vol. 1, p.v)

 

The final report in 4 volumes was published in 1972.

Volume 1

Contains the preface, introductory section, the results, discussion and conclusions, references and raw data.

Volume 2

Contains Appendix A: IMCP Documentation Handbook .

Volume 3

Includes Appendix B: Field Test Report of the Eau Claire Functional Abilities Test and the Wolfe-Bluel Socialization Inventory

Volume 4

Is Appendix C: An Analysis of the Evaluation and Follow-up Data from the Institute for Movement Therapy in Budapest, Hungary.

Video material was also produced:

 In addition to these four volumes, Judith Sorenson, with the assistance of the staff, has made a one-hour half-inch Sony videotape that tells the story of the project. This tape is available from the Audio-visual department at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. (Vol.1, p.iv )

I wonder if it is still possible to obtain a copy of this! I have written to the Eu Claire University in Wisconsin to ask.

 As is usual after a detailed piece of research, Heal published two articles, one in Exceptional Children in 1974 and another in Journal of Special Education in 1976, presenting the results and conclusions. (See reference details of these below). There is no trace any later publications about, or connections to Conductive Education for Laird Heal that I can find.

 Heal went on to become a Professor of Special Education, Social Work and Psychology at the University of Illinois and published books and articles about developmental disability. A list of these can be found at

http://65.54.113.26/Detail?entitytype=2&searchtype=2&id=10839134

Laird Heal died at the age of 65 on 21 November 1998 and a brief memorial notice was published in Inside Illinois, newsletter for the staff and faculty members, University Illinois Urbana and Champaign

http://news.illinois.edu/ii/98/981203.html

 

References

Heal, L.W. (1972) Evaluating an Integrated Approach to the Management of Cerebral Palsy. Vols.1-4. Eu Claire: Wisconsin University

Vol 1

http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED070235.pdf

Vol 2.

http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED070236.pdf

Vol 3

http://eric.ed.gov/?q=laird+w+heal&id=ED070237

Vol 4

http://eric.ed.gov/?q=laird+w+heal&id=ED070238

Heal. L.W. (1974) Evaluation of an integrated approach to the management of cerebral palsy. Exceptional Children, 40(6), pp.452-453.

Heal, L. W. (1976) The Comparison of intact groups using the analysis of covariance.Journal of Special Education, 10, 4, 427-36.

Maas, R. (1968) Breakthrough in Budapest: an interview with James House. Ideas of Today, 16, pp.110-114.

North America Conductive Education Awareness Day

This Awareness Day took place on 19 February and a pack of helpful information for those wishing to participate was advertised  on ACENA’s website at

 http://acena.org/news/national-conductive-education-day-2015/

and some centres and Facebook pages mentioned the Day and their activities, e.g.

http://sarasgarden.org/national-ce-day-2015/

http://conductivelearningcenter.org/2015/02/nationalceday/

http://conductivelearningcenter.org/2015/02/conductive-learning-center-asks-community-to-believe-in-conductive-education-as-part-of-national-conductive-education-day-feb-19/

https://www.facebook.com/AngelnButterflies/photos/a.223092917871486.1073741831.176803355833776/384078445106265/?type=1&theater

Over the past week I have been unable to find any reports of these events, or any others, in the media. No features, photos, or articles have been found. Perhaps there are some which have not made it to the Internet and therefore not shown up in my searches.

Perhaps they will feature later so I will check again next week and let you know if I find anything.