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Why does this still happen?

Today I have been checking on reports of Conductive Education Awareness Day in North America (with little success, but that’s another blog to follow later)  and found something else  to report as often happens.

Warington Disability Partnership (in the North of England) is holding an exhibition as part of its Disability Awareness Day in July 2011 and has posted a list of exhibitors on the Internet.
http://disabilityawarenessday.org.uk/show/exhibitorlist.shtml

Mention of Conductive Education led me to search the list and I found this:

Stick ‘n’ Step

Sarah Smithson , 0151 638 0888
http://www.sticknstep.org/
Conductive education is a type of physiotherapy to help children learn how to move and communicate to the best of their ability.

Why, oh why, do we still keep seeing CE described as ‘a type of physiotherapy’? I have always been told that if its being carried out properly it certainly isn’t any sort of therapy, its an education system, and I am sure the conductors at this centre are doing it properly.

Am I wrong?

Please let me know.

Information in newspapers is not always right, is it

I check regularly for news items to include in my monthly list and have found this one today

http://topwirexs.com/children-suffering-from-cerebral-palsy-receive-assistance-from-a-center-in-lake-zurich/171636/

This reports the work of the Centre for Independence through Conductive Education as described at a Rotary Club of Lake Zurich function. It starts with an explanation of cerebral palsy and how it occurs before or during birth due to lack of oxygen; this is not my understanding. No-one really knows what causes it, lack of oxygen may be only one possibility. It is important to get facts right as wrong information in one section of an article can cast doubt on the rest of the piece.
Most  journalists and those interviewed by them, do get things right, but  perhaps everyone should check their information carefully before making such statements as that mentioned above.