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Now is the time to say goodbye?

For personal reasons, and a mind on other things, it is over a year since I posted on this blog and this posting will probably be my last.

Blogs are personal things and not necessarily there for others. I started the blog over ten years ago, when I was still working in the National Library of Conductive Education and keen to keep the world of CE informed about events, publications, and news in the field. Since my departure in 2009 I have tried to maintain this, despite limited personal resources and time. Keeping the Virtual Catalogue and the World Map up to date has been a real challenge!

The Internet does not seem to have helped CE, just allowed the spread of wrong facts to increase along with the acceptance of such information. If its on the Internet it must be true! There is very little criticism or investigation into these facts and such online sources of information seem to be used more and more as references in written works.

Now I think is the time to stop, for the following reasons:

 Only one or two people have noticed my recent sporadic postings and over the years, very few people have responded to them anyway. 

Many of those I have tried to help have not always expressed thanks, or let me know how they have got on, leaving me feeling unsure that carrying on is worthwhile or useful. 

The Conductive Education field has not changed, there are still very few articles or new books of consequence. Very, very  few people seem to want to share or develop the literature. Online sources of information seem to be used more and more as references in written works.

Conductive Education seems to have lost its mojo. It seems that those working in it have accepted this, allowing its dilution to occur without challenge.

All this makes me feel that my knowledge and work is now redundant, as well as myself, but I still have hope that things may change in the future, and Conductive Education will become better recorded and a real academic subject. 

I end on a more cheery note by asking you to listen to Peter Cook and Dudley Moore singing ‘Goodbye!’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0u3NM8rd1U

Any recent journal articles on Conductive Education ?

I have been doing a little hunt round to see how many journal articles on Conductive Education have been published in the last five years. I did this once before, when I  found five articles of note, see

http://e-conduction.org/ceinformation/recent-articles-on-conductive-education-in-journals/

 

This time my search revealed more, as you can see below:

KELEMEN, A., and others (2013) In vitro fertilization and cerebral palsy; the Pető Institute experience. Practice and Theory in Systems of Education, 8 (3), pp.231-238.

http://epa.uz.ua/01400/01428/00025/pdf/EPA01428_ptse_03_231-238.pdf

NOVAK, I., and others (2013) A systematic review of interventions for children with cerebral palsy: state of the evidence. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 55(10), October, pp. 885–910.

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/dmcn.12246/epdf

HERSKIND, A., and others (2014) Early identification and intervention in cerebral palsy. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 57(1), January, pp. 29–36.

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/dmcn.12531/epdf

HORVÁTHNÉ, K. S.,and others (2014) Doktori kutátosok a Pető intézetben [Doctoral studies at the Pető Institute] Iskolakultura,12(4) pp. 20-34

http://epa.oszk.hu/00000/00011/00164/pdf/EPA00011_Iskolakultura_2012_04_020-034.pdf

SCHENKER, R. and SUTTON, A.  (2014) Researching Conductive Education. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 56(4), April, pp.402-403.

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/dmcn.12363/full

ABBASKHANIAN, A., and others (2015) Rehabilitation interventions for children with cerebral palsy: a systematic review. Journal of Pediatrics Review, January; 3(1):e361. DOI: 10.5812/jpr.361 Published online, 20 January 2015.

http://jpediatricsreview.com/en/articles/361.html

ORAVECZ, A. (2015) A Pető Intézet Integrációt segítő mindennapos tevékenysége itthon és külföldön. Különleges Bánásmód, I(4), pp., 49-64

http://www.degyfk.hu/kulonlegesbanasmod/archivum/kb2015-4/KB2015-4-049-M-5000-65XXXXXX0-Oravecz.pdf

BEK, J., and others (2016) Conductive Education as a method of stroke rehabilitation: a single blinded randomised controlled feasibility study. Stroke Research and Treatment, Published online 2016 Jun 23. doi:  10.1155/2016/5391598

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4935920/

SCHENKER, R., and others (2016) Is a family-centred initiative a family-centred service? A case of a Conductive Education setting for children with cerebral palsy. Child care health and development, (42) 6, November, pp. 909–917.

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cch.12354/pdf [Abstract only]

2016 also brought the publication of a new online journal by the PAF, Tudomány és hivatás, producing two issues so far

http://www.peto.hu/start/hu/tudomany-es-hitvallas

http://www.peto.hu/start/hu/megjelent-a-tudomany-es-hivatas-c-folyoirat-masodik-szama

It is worth noting that the two systematic  reviews  only referred to CE briefly, concentrating on other systems.

All items are entered in the Virtual catalogue.

Some new books on Conductive Education

I have been building a library of items on Conductive Education for Conduction over the past few years. It is growing nicely now and becoming a respectable collection of books, articles, papers etc both published, and unpublished.

Today I was given two new items to add. The first is a new book in Hungarian published by Pető András Főiskola [Pető András College] in Budapest, entitled:

Tanulmányok a konduktív peadagógia köréből;A Hári Mária-pályázat gyűjteményéből. 

The welcome page of the book [translated for me into English] states:

Hari Maria is a role model for all of us because of her devoted work for sustaining and protecting the Peto method. Therefore it is not accidental that, in recognition and respect of her professional work and humanity we called the first Hari Maria competition.

This book contains papers which were submitted and accepted by professional judges –  and were written by this famous institute’s lecturers, conductors and students.

This collection of papers about Conductive Education and Pető András makes  a substantial book of 446 pages with illustrations, some black and white, some coloured. 

The second, was the abstract book for the 9th World Congress on Conductive Education which was held in Budapest , December 2016.

Other recent additions are Emlékkönyv Dr Hári Mária 1923-2001,

 and

Genesis; bringing Conductive Education to Israel.

This increasing number of books on Conductive Education is good to see after years of very little being published.

 

Deák, Adrienn. and Kollega, Tarsoly István., ed. (2016) Tanulmányok a konduktív peadagógia köréből; a Hári Mária-pályázat gyűjteményéből.[Studies from the conductive pedagógia; from the collection of papers from the Hari Maria competition] Budapest: Pető András Főiskola.

Balogh, E and Németh, G. ed., (2016) Abstract book of 9th World Congress on Conductive Education. Budapest: International Pető Association.

Kollega, T.I. ed. (2014) Emlékkönyv Dr Hári Mária 1923-2001. Budapest: Pető András Főiskola [In memory of Dr Hári Mária]

Schenker, R., ed. (2016) Genesis; bringing Conductive Education to Israel. Birmingham: CEP and Jerusalem: Tsad Kadima.

Electronic version of Genesis now available

The price of everything still keeps going up, especially in the UK at the moment with Brexit and general unrest in world affairs. Shipping costs from Blurb also have increased  since CEP last published a book.

After investigation I discovered that it is  also possible to have an electronic version of Genesis   so I am pleased to say that it is now possible to order a pdf of the book for £3.00 as well as the ‘proper’ book.

To order a copy go to

http://www.blurb.co.uk/b/7506616-genesis

This price is a special one for the Congress and the rest of December, the same as the hard copy, and the price of both will change in January

Conductive Awareness Week in the UK, 2016

Last week was CE Awareness Week in the UK. An information pack consisting of wristbands, balloons, pens with a copy of What is Conductive Education published by CEPEG, was sent out by CEPEG to all those who requested it.

As far as I can establish most of the Awareness activities subsequently mentioned on-line, involved using the colour blue and were mentioned on the Facebook pages of about half a dozen or so  centres, schools/organisations  involved rather than the wider media of newspapers, magazines and television.   e.g.

https://www.facebook.com/sticknstep.charity/posts/830167880439937

https://www.facebook.com/events/928700793873096/

https://www.facebook.com/cepeg.pca.conductive.education/posts/1005749682838309

Just one event did gain public coverage, a one-day ‘conductors’ ‘job switch’ between Stick’n’Step and Rainbow House CE centres:

The Awareness Week was also taken up outside the UK  at Carson Street School in Australia, as mentioned on their Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/CEatCSS/posts/236246666723268

and also in new Zealand by Lisa Gombinsky at

https://www.facebook.com/TransformationsCE/photos/a.1633750050213077.1073741829.1625463121041770/1693903380864410/?type=3&theater

No  items in newspapers or other public media  have been traced so far other than other than in the reciprocal visit of conductors reported in in PossAbility Magazine and Qnews.

A few weeks ago Awareness Day for Conductive Education was held in North America, but again I have had no success in finding substantial  items in the media.

Why is it so difficult to get coverage of Conductive Education, I wonder.

 

 

 

 

World Book Day – hurrah for books, hurrah for Conductive Education books!

Books have always been a very important part of my life and seem to be everywhere in my house. Today is World Book Day and most libraries and book shops will be making a bit of a splash about it. I wonder how much promotion Conductive Education  books will get  in libraries of all kinds, including those holding significant amounts of material, and bookshops.

http://www.worldbookday.com/

Since 2010 nineteen books have been published on CE, with  Conductive Education Press producing seven titles covering various aspects – international development, young conductors going out into the working world, parents experiences, András Pető, and memories of Conductive Education received as a child.

http://www.blurb.com/user/cepress

Copies can be ordered by clicking on a title at

http://www.blurb.com/user/store/cepress

There are ideas  for several more and a new publication will come out soon to celebrate the variety of information on the subject.

Get reading!

 

Accessing Information, the Media and Conductive Education

We have never had more access to information, yet we are arguably more ignorant than ever before…’
 
I have been involved in the published communication and record of Conductive Education now for some twenty years, ever more concerned about the state of ‘the literature’, especially in recent years. I think that I have come across one reason that might help understand what has been happening in this recent time.

My nephew, Iain Akerman,  is an experienced highly thought-of journalist and I have always found his work interesting and well researched. This latest article posted on his blog, originally published in Campaign, November 2015,  is no exception.

http://iainakerman.com/2015/12/29/media-blindness-and-our-narrowing-world-view/

Whilst reading this it occurred to me that all he had to say could be applied to the world of Conductive Education. Most public communication between those working and involved in CE, takes place via social media, with brief comments and announcements, and the world press has little or no interest at all in discussing or reporting the facts about it. Most press coverage tends to be in local newspapers announcing fundraising events and reporting amounts raised for a particular local centre.

As there seems to be a general trend worldwide to accept the news as given by those with control over the media, as Iain suggests,  perhaps CE will continue to be out there in the wilderness. Of no interest.

 

Book Sale ends 30 November

Just a few days left!

CEP
Conductive Education Press

A SURPRISE AD HOC BOOK SALE

SALE LASTS UNTIL
30 November

CEP has aquired a small stock of books from conductor Susie Mallett’s publishing house
CONDUCTOR NÜRNBERG
‘An extraordinary conductor’ – Professor Franz Schaffhauser

For just three weeks CEP offers a reduced price for copies of three of CN’s books for £ 3.00 each

Let me tell you a story, Susie Mallett
Half-a-dozen essays around conductive pedagogy and upbringing with children and adults
In English, 50 pages, illustrated by the author, colour
(The Chinese edition of this book is not in the present sale)

It came like a bolt from a blue,  Waltraud Heussinger
A post-stroke story in words and pictures, with additional contributions by Werner Heussinger and Susie Mallett
In English and in German (parallel texts), 50 pages, photographs by Wernerr Heussinger, colour

George’s travelogue,  George McDowell
Stories of travel and conductive living, with additional contributions by Susie Mallett Emma McDowell and Andrew Sutton.
In English and in German (parallel texts), 82 pages, illustrated, colour

2. CEP also has a very small stock of ‘seconds’, pre-proof copies of one of its own books, offered at the sale price of £5.00 each

András Pető, compiled and edited by Gillian Maguire and Andrew Sutton
András Pető in his own words, and the words of others, with additional contributions by Judit Forrai, Jo LeBeer and Reuven Feuerstein
Text in English, with facsimiles of some of András Pető’s poems and technical writing in Hungarian and German, 281 pages, indexed, black and white £ 5.00 each

Copies of this book, as published, and all CEP’s other publications are available to buy on line in the usual way, at their regular prices. See the catalogue and order on line:
http://www.blurb.co.uk/user/store/cepress

Remember, this sale closes

30 November

SALE ORDERS

Order on line by emailing editors.cep@gmail.com, naming the books that you want to buy and how many copies you require – and what country you want them sent to.

Your order will be weighed and its postage calculated. You will be sent an invoice by email and on receipt of payment your order will be despatched through the post. Payment will be via Paypal, please.

Docstoc is closing down

Yeasterday I found out by chance that Docstoc, an internet site for storing and sharing documents for free is going to close down on 1 December.

http://smallbiztrends.com/2015/09/intuit-acquired-docstoc-now-shutting.html

I made a search to see what items on Conductive Education had been uploaded to the site and found that these had already been removed and were now unavailable. Perhaps they have been moved by their owners to another site.

I also received an email from someone who is offering a similar service (though it seems to be mainly legal documents and papers on offer) and I thought some of you might be interested in investigating this.

Jamie Swift wrote:

As you may know, Docstoc, which was a fantastic online document resource for small businesses and organizations, is closing down permanently on December 1st. Our startup, formswift.com, thinks we can serve as a quality replacement for many of Docstoc’s document productivity tools with the free resources below:

http://formswift.com/free-legal-forms

http://formswift.com/sample-business-plans

http://formswift.com/swot-analysis-guide

I hope this helps, and I look forward to hearing back from you!

Cheers,

Jamie

Jamie Smith

Content Associate, FormSwift – A SaaS startup helping businesses and organizations go paperless

Email: jamie@formswift.com

Do have a look and see if this meets your needs.

On Conduction’s website there is a Document Depository which contains items on CE that are not available anywhere else, such as papers, presentations and articles. If you think your document might be a good candidate for inclusion please do contact me.