Stick ‘n’ Step

Conductive Education thriving in Cheshire

It was reported today in the Chester Chronicle that Stick ‘n’ Step, a centre in Wallasey, will now open its second centre.

http://www.chesterchronicle.co.uk/news/chester-cheshire-news/cheshire-base-secured-stick-n-10978830

Sick ‘n’Step has acquired funding to purchase and renovate a building in Winsford:

The Morgan Foundation has provided the funding to purchase the building and undertake much of the renovation work required, while the further funding from The Williams Family Foundation will allow Stick ‘n’ Step to offer specialised toilet facilities to help children to become more independent.

Once opened, the new centre will allow up to a further 70 families to receive free conductive education and support services.

This is great news for the area and CE in the UK, especially as services will be free.  No date is given for the opening but hopefully it will not be too long coming.

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.